TWO men have been arrested outside a library after a dispute between protesters over a drag queen’s book reading.
There was a large group protesting in solidarity with drag queen Aida H. Dee at the release of her new book.
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”.
Two men were arrested outside the Hove Library on Church Road this afternoon.
A 64-year-old man was arrested for allegedly spitting at someone and the other man, 29, was arrested for allegedly vandalizing a mobile phone.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Two people were arrested during a protest at an event outside Hove Library this afternoon.
“One person has been taken into custody on charges of spitting and one person is being held in custody on suspicion of criminally damaging a mobile phone.
“Officials remain on hand to ensure the safety of all involved and to minimize disruption to the general public.
“The police are in contact with the organizers of the events and protesters and are continuing to monitor the situation.”
The solidarity protest was due to take place at 3pm this afternoon at the Woodingdean Library, Warren Road.
Sussex Police confirmed no arrests had been made at the Brighton Jubilee Library, where a tense standoff broke out between protesters.
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