- Palestinian protesters clashed with Right-wing demonstrators in London
- Police surrounded mob of 150 pro-Palestine protesters near Buckingham Palace
People were abused in the street for wearing poppies last night as vile scenes of disorder and intimidation marred Remembrance weekend.
After a string of shameful incidents during Armistice Day – including pro-Palestine protesters in Hamas-style headbands and far-Right thugs hurling missiles at police – violence continued in central London.
With sporadic violence erupting across the capital, Palestinian protesters clashed with Right-wing counter-demonstrators in Trafalgar Square, while yobs in cars hurled abuse at passers-by.
Nine police were injured in a day of violent confrontation. One required hospital treatment with a fractured elbow and another suffered a suspected dislocated hip. Police arrested 126 protesters.
Furious Rishi Sunak said: ‘I condemn the violent, wholly unacceptable scenes we have seen from the English Defence League and associated groups and Hamas sympathisers. The despicable actions of a minority undermine those who have chosen to express their views peacefully.
He added: ‘What we have seen today does not defend the honour of our Armed Forces, but utterly disrespects them. The fear and intimidation the Jewish community have experienced this weekend is deplorable.’
The main pro-Palestine march, covering 2.5 miles between the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane to the US Embassy in Nine Elms, involved an estimated 300,000 protesters.
Organisers had pledged to ‘respect Armistice commemorations’ but, as with recent marches, the demonstration was marred by anti-Semitic incidents, including repeated chants of ‘From the river to the sea’, which critics say calls for Israel not to exist.
One group of pro-Palestine protesters were pictured wearing green headbands similar to those worn by Hamas terrorists responsible for last month’s massacre of more than 1,400 Israelis.
The Met said its officers were ‘actively looking for’ the individuals and would take ‘proactive action when they are identified’.
One woman was arrested for brandishing a sign which displayed the Star of David alongside a Nazi swastika, while another demonstrator held a racist placard featuring pictures of Suella Braverman and Rishi Sunak as ‘coconuts’, meaning they are white on the inside.
A Palestinian flag was wrapped around a First World War memorial near London’s Wellington Arch. Protesters later climbed the statue, with one holding a megaphone and shouting: ‘Free Palestine’.
Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu was depicted as Hitler and the top deck of a passing bus displayed a pro-Palestine banner.
Earlier, a rampaging mob of far- Right counter-protesters, whipped up by Tommy Robinson, former leader of the EDL, clashed with police as they attempted to fight their way towards the main pro-Palestine march.
Groups of Right-wing yobs, some clutching St George’s Cross flags, chanted ‘England ’till I die’ and hurled missiles, including a metal barrier, at police.
A total of 82 counter-protesters were arrested at a flare-up in Pimlico, while officers later surrounded the White Swan pub on Vauxhall Bridge Road to prevent far-Right yobs ambushing pro-Palestine demonstrators.
Police last night encircled around 150 pro-Palestinian protesters close to Buckingham Palace.
The Campaign Against anti-Semitism said the Jewish community is ‘terrified’ by the disorder and criticised Met Chief Sir Mark Rowley for allowing the pro-Palestine march to go ahead.
It said: ‘Some people in London are honouring those who fought murderous anti-Semites in the past to protect our freedoms, and others are parading to glorify murderous anti-Semites in the present who want to kill all Jews and destroy the Jewish state. This march should never have been allowed.’
- Additional reporting by Jack Hardy