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Twelve People Arrested at Pro-Palestine Protest in Central London



The Metropolitan Police announced that twelve people had been arrested on multiple charges during a pro-Palestine march in central London. Allegations ranged from attacking emergency workers to inciting racial hatred and supporting a proscribed organisation with placards. 

Around 250,000 people marched during the protest in London on Saturday, calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. "We won't stop until Palestine is free." The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) reaffirmed their steadfast support for the Palestinian cause and declared in a post on X. 

Demonstrators held banners demanding a "ceasefire now" and echoed the chant "free, free Palestine" as they marched through the capital's streets. Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was among those who spoke to the assembly, reiterating his backing for a cease-fire motion that the SNP will present in Westminster the following week.

He added, “We’ve got to carry on. This is the 14th national demonstration, and there’s going to be as many more as it takes until there is a ceasefire, until there is justice for the Palestinian people.”

“We’re witnessing something globally horrific in real time on our televisions.

“And so on Wednesday, when the UK Parliament has a motion before it tabled by the Scottish National Party, I am signing in support of that motion.

“And I want every one of you here, demand, demand of your MP, your elected representative, be there, vote for a ceasefire.

“No ifs, no buts, no qualifications.”

PSC Director Ben Jamal criticises the government and opposition for failing to take a principled stance, accusing them of siding with the perpetrators of genocide. He vows to hold them accountable through activism and voting. “The moral imperative is clear. An immediate ceasefire is a simple, absolute necessity,” he added.

It was the first protest in front of the Israeli embassy since two days following Hamas's strikes on Israel on October 7. Officials limited the march's start time so that a synagogue programme would conclude before the demonstration passed by the building.

Around 13:30 GMT, the march began along Park Lane and proceeded up Knightsbridge and Kensington Road, arriving close to the Israeli embassy in Kensington, where speakers were scheduled.

The police intervened with a "pro-Palestinian car convoy" in Neasden, northwest London, monitoring it to ensure it did not instill.

According to the Metropolitan Police's X post, "There were 12 arrests for placard-related offences, assaults on officers, and refusal to remove face coverings. Thankfully, none of the officers who were assaulted were seriously injured.”

They further added that they imposed Section 60, 60AA, and 35 orders, which gave police more authority, had been removed from the force and were "no longer required."

According to the Metropolitan Police, the demonstration ended peacefully, Although people were arrested for minor infractions, the vast majority of participants followed the law and cooperated with the police. The organisers and their stewarding staff were thanked for their cooperation by the police department.


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