Demonstrations both for and against the arrival of mostly Muslim migrants into Europe spring up across the continent. Julie Noce reports.
Several thousands gathered in the Polish capital Warsaw on Saturday to protest government plans to accept Syrian and African migrants, largely outnumbering a pro-migrant group that had also gathered. The demonstrators shouted anti-EU obscenities. A Reuters photographer saw several demonstrators attack a dark-skinned pedestrian before being pulled off by security guards. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANTI-MIGRANT DEMONSTRATOR, SEBASTIAN KAIM, SAYING: "I am here because I do not agree and we all do not agree for the Islamisation of Europe and Islamisation of Poland." But across Europe, there were many demonstrations promoting the opposite sentiment. Thousands marched in support of migrants and refugees in demonstration across Spain. Holding signs and chanting 'no more deaths at the borders' citizens and current refugees walked together along the streets of Madrid. The country has said it will accept nearly 15,000 migrants. And in London, more support for the acceptance of migrants. Last week British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to take in 20,000 migrants over five years, but critics said the number is shameful compared to other nations like Germany and Sweden,. Protesters said they are trying to send a message to the government. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER, SYRIA SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT, ABDULAZIZ ALMASHI, SAYING: "We couldn't cope with the photos of Syrian children washed to the shores of Europe. So this was the least thing to do..." Nearly two-thirds of people in a survey released last week said the image of the drowned toddler makes it harder to take a rational approach on immigration policy.