VIDEO: Row erupts over ‘fascism’ at Sheffield Charlie Hebdo event

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A row which erupted between two groups threatened to undermine an event held in Sheffield to pay tribute to the Charlie Hebdo Paris attack victims.

Police stepped in and spoke to members of both groups after they disagreed about displaying banners at the event in Barker’s Pool.

Rival factions clash at the vigil

Rival factions clash at the vigil

One, calling themselves ‘SYC’ rowed with Sheffield Unite Against Fascism, who stood in front of SYC’s ‘Je Suis Charlie’ banner and the two groups had a heated exchange during the middle of a speech.

But the incident passed and Sheffield paid its respects to the victims of the terrorist attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, as well as the hostage sieges which followed.

The crowd then observed a two-minute silence, while some held up ‘Je Suis Charlie’ posters.

The Lord Mayor Coun Peter Rippon said: “We gathered here to reflect on the lives of the victims and to reaffirm this city of Sheffield’s belief in the importance of free speech, tolerance and respect - the values that hold our society across this city together.

“The terrible deeds of Wednesday will long live in the memory but so too will the solidarity and support shown right across Europe, France and the world on social media and on the streets.

“Today we add Sheffield voices to those already heard.

“I am proud of Sheffield’s status and history as a city of sanctuary, a city of tolerance and a city that is welcoming to people and communities from all over the world.

“This is one of those occasions where we must come together as a city to show terrorism is never a way to solve disputes or right any perceived wrongs.”