Far-right protesters and the Police clashed today in London amid the confluence of a demonstration in favor of Palestine in the face of the war between Israel and the Islamist movement Hamas and another to celebrate the anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War.
Television images and on social networks show a group of people, some of them with their faces covered, who tried to jump a police cordon to reach the Cenotaph, which commemorates the fallen in the British capital in the First World War, the agency reported. Europa Press news.
This caused clashes with the agents, who had closed this area to prevent possible incidents due to the coincidence between Armistice Day, which commemorates the treaty signed on November 11, 1918, and a pro-Palestinian protest.
The Police reported that the protesters confronted the officers and threw objects at them, in incidents that ended with the arrest of suspects of carrying knives.
The intervention ended with the dissolution of this concentration: “Our priority is to keep citizens safe. We will not tolerate any public disorder today,” the Police stressed on their social networks.
In total, some 2,000 members of the security forces were deployed in the capital to prevent incidents.
“It is a much larger and more complex operation than any other we have carried out before,” said yesterday the head of the London Metropolitan Police (Met), Mark Rowley, under pressure this week by the Government to prevent it from being carried out. march in support of Palestine.
The Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, described the concentration as “disrespectful” and the Minister of the Interior, Suella Braverman, directly attacked the Met for authorizing it, in a questioned opinion article published in a medium that caused cracks within the Government.
In a note for The Times newspaper, which was echoed by the main British media, Braverman accused the Police of applying a “double standard” in their approach to demonstrations from different sectors.
“Right-wing and nationalist protesters who engage in aggression rightly receive a harsh response, but pro-Palestinian mobs who display almost identical behavior are largely ignored, even when they clearly violate the law,” he said.
The event to support Palestine in London will be attended by figures such as former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn and the head of the Palestinian mission in the United Kingdom, Husam Zomlot.