An anti-Korean group called off a demonstration Sunday after about a dozen members of the group were surrounded by hundreds of people who rallied in opposition to the event in Kawasaki.

The group opposed to Koreans living in Japan was planning to hold the rally near a public park in the city's Nakahara Ward between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The location was chosen after a district court and the city government denied the group permission to hold the demonstration in another ward last week.

Opposition protesters opposed to hate speech started gathering in the vicinity of the park before the rally started, encircling anti-Korean group members. The two sides scuffled, which prompted the original protest to be called off.