More than 300,000 demonstrators supporting Palestinians and protesting against Israel’s actions marched in London on Saturday. Police arrested almost 100 far-right counter-demonstrators, Reuters reports. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called them “thugs” in a statement.
During Saturday’s demonstration, there were clashes between the police and far-right groups that also appeared in London. November 11 is Armistice Day in the UK, the anniversary of the end of World War I, when those who died in combat are commemorated.
The Associated Press reminds that even before the pro-Palestinian demonstration, Interior Minister Suella Braverman incited tension because she described the pro-Palestinian demonstrations as “hate marches” and called for blocking Saturday’s event out of respect for the Armistice Day events – AP reports.
“The Home Secretary has emboldened the far right. She has spent a week fanning the flames of division. Now they are attacking the police on Armistice Day,” wrote Humza Yusaf, Scotland’s first minister (Prime Minister – ed.) on the X website. He added that the Minister of Internal Affairs “must resign.”
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak condemned Saturday’s “brutal, completely unacceptable scenes that we saw today involving the EDL (English Defense League) and its affiliated groups and Hamas sympathizers participating in the National March for Palestine.” He called members of the far-right, anti-immigration EDL “thugs attacking the police.”
According to London police, the pro-Palestinian march was the largest demonstration in the capital since the beginning of the conflict between Israel and Hamas. “Police estimated that about 300,000 people took part and crossed the city from Hyde Park to the U.S. embassy about 5 kilometers away,” AP reports.
The estimates of the demonstration organizers are even higher. According to them, up to 800,000 people took part in the march.
“So many children are dying and the Western powers that allow this to happen are absolutely contemptible,” one of the participants in the pro-Palestinian demonstration told the BBC.
London. Clashes between the extreme right and the police
The head of the National Security Bureau about Poles in the Gaza Strip. There is a statement
Source: Reuters, AP, BBC
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