Protesters from Brighton Library joined Pier Corbyn

Protesters clashed yesterday after it emerged a small group had objected to a drag queen reading stories to children.

Two groups of activists filled the pavements outside the library in Brighton’s Jubilee Square while drag queen Aida H. Dee read to the youngsters inside.

A large crowd was there to support the event, while only a few protesters had to use a megaphone to keep up with the pace.

The Argus: A large crowd supporting the drag queen event in BrightonA large crowd supports the drag queen event in Brighton

Patrick O’Donnell of Brighton said at the time: “These guys are protesting and saying all drag queens are paedophiles.

“So here we are in solidarity with our trans, LGBTQ, gay brothers and sisters and the drag queen telling the stories. It’s really sad and really upsetting.”

The Argus: Patrick O'DonnellPatrick O’Donnell

Patrick said the solidarity protests were the “true Pride celebrations” leading up to the weekend.

Hundreds of people were there to show their support for the storytelling event and its opponents were branded “fascists”.

The Argus: Aida H. DeeAida H. Dee

Controversial protester Piers Corbyn, brother of former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, made a stand – on the side of opponents of the drag event.

“It’s inappropriate to have drag queens read stories to children, and we object to that,” Piers said.

A man was seen yelling at Piers: “You’re a fucking idiot, you’re a fucking idiot” before being handed over by police.

The Argus: A Man Giving His Point to Pier CorbynA man giving his point of view to Pier Corbyn

The drag event started at 10.30am before a second was held at Hove Library at 1pm which also drew crowds of protesters from both sides.

A 29-year-old man and a 64-year-old man were arrested outside the Hove Library on Church Road.

The Argus: supporters of the Brighton drag eventSupporters of the Brighton drag event

They got into an altercation with “a few” anti-drag protesters, including Piers Corbyn, who were holding signs reading “Keep drag away from our children”.

The Argus: One of the arrested men in HoveOne of the arrested men in Hove

The 64-year-old man was arrested for allegedly spitting at someone, the other man was arrested for allegedly damaging a mobile phone.

No arrests were made during the Brighton protests, but the atmosphere remained tense as the two groups faced each other on opposite sides of the street. Protesters from Brighton Library joined Pier Corbyn

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