LONDON (Reuters) - A man identified by the crowd as a far-right protester was carried to safety by a Black Lives Matter protester on Saturday as animosity was briefly set aside on a day of clashes in London between police and rival groups.

Pictures showed a white man clutching his head as a black man carried him over his shoulders, flanked by police in riot gear.

The man had been set upon on the steps leading to the Royal Festival Hall in central London and badly beaten, before other protesters stepped in to protect him, Reuters journalists at the scene said.

A protester carries an injured counter-protester to safety, near the Waterloo station during a Black Lives Matter protest following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, in London, Britain, June 13, 2020. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

White Nationalist clashed with the police and Black Lives Matter protesters. The White Nationalist are in London to protect what they see as historical statue needed to be protected.

The call to action was a call from Tommy Robinson from the English Defence League who argued it is a disgrace to see what is happening in the capital city.

Tommy Robinson: Patriots Unite - Defend Our Memorials.

He describes the police as arse holes and he defended Churchill as a piece of British History. He called he protesters scumbags and call on lads to come into London to protect what he describes are "war memorial".

"Every single man should be in London or do not call yourself a patriot"

A protester carries an injured counter-protester to safety, near the Waterloo station during a Black Lives Matter protest following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, in London, Britain, June 13, 2020. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

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