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06:00, 17 January 2018 Wednesday
Update: 02:29, 17 December 2017 Sunday

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Le Pen, Wilders to meet European far-right leaders amid protests
Le Pen, Wilders to meet European far-right leaders amid protests

Allied within the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF), a European Parliament group established two years ago, the parties say they plan to focus on cooperation within Europe outside EU bodies at the conference.

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Europe's far-right leaders including Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders will gather for a controversial conference in Prague on Saturday held under tight security amid protests planned to counter groups spreading xenophobia.

Le Pen, who lost the French presidential election run-off to Emmanuel Macron in May, and Wilders, head of the Dutch Party for Freedom, will sit next to Lorenzo Fontana from Italy's Lega Nord or Georg Mayer from the Austrian FPO.

The organisers have also listed Belgium's Gerolf Annemans, Poland's Michal Marusik, Marcus Pretzell from the Alternative for Germany (AfD) and Janice Atkinson, a former member of Britain's UKIP, among the speakers.

Czech police tightened security as left-wing groups announced several protests, including a blockade of the suburban area of Prague where the conference will be held on Saturday.

Police will also have their hands full with Wilders, who is facing death threats over his fiery anti-Islam rhetoric.

Protest organisers include the No to Racism initiative and Against Hatred, another local group.



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