Police blamed right-wing counter-protesters for sparking “severe violence” on Armistice Day
At least 300,000 people demonstrated in the British capital on Saturday to demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. London’s Metropolitan Police reported at least 126 people were arrested amid clashes with counter-protesters in which police officers were injured.
The largely peaceful crowds were cheering “Free Palestine”, “Ceasefire now” And “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be liberated.” As they walked through the streets of London. The largest demonstration to date coincided with the annual Armistice Day commemoration.
Before the pro-Palestinian march, a group of right-wing protesters, mainly composed of rioters from across the UK, arrived in central London under the pretext of protecting monuments, but “They were really drunk, aggressive and clearly looking for a confrontation.” Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist He said In the current situation.
Violent crowd, cheering “You’re not English anymore” She praised the violations suffered by the officers who were protecting the memorial and preventing them from confronting pro-Palestinian activists.
“Nine officers were injured during the day, two of whom required hospital treatment for a fractured elbow and a dislocated hip. These officers were injured in Whitehall when they prevented a violent crowd from reaching the memorial during a memorial service. Police said, adding that “The extreme violence by right-wing protesters towards police today was extraordinary and deeply disturbing.”
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign march, in which the organizers themselves estimated that the number of participants would be no less than 500,000 people, “I have never seen this kind of physical violence practiced by the right.” According to police, though, a fringe group of about 150 masked people were intercepted while setting off the fireworks. Several arrests were made “After some fireworks hit the officers in the face.” The police said.
The unrest follows debate earlier this week over whether a pro-Palestinian protest should be allowed on Armistice Day, which is traditionally marked in the UK by observing a two-minute silence during the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the month. The eleventh day that marks the end of World War I. In 1918.
Interior Minister Suella Braverman was accused of inflaming tensions by describing the pro-Palestinian demonstrations as… “Hate marches” While he accused the police of being biased in allowing the march to go ahead.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan He said That the clashes were “Encouraged and encouraged” By senior politicians “Like the Minister of Interior” And it was A “direct result” From her words.
Prime Minister Rich Sunak convicted Violence and hatred from both sides called upon the nations “Let’s get together” To remember “Those who fought and died for our freedom.”
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