Ten persons were detained by the Met Police as 100,000 demonstrators came to the streets of Cardiff, Manchester, Birmingham, and London to defend civilians in Gaza and the West Bank following Hamas’s fatal attacks on Israel, which sparked violent retaliation.
According to the force, the arrests had to do with assaults against emergency service personnel, public order violations, and the use of pyrotechnics.
Following a similar rally last week that saw tens of thousands show out in solidarity with Palestinians confined in the Gaza strip, five officers sustained minor injuries while monitoring activities in the capital.
Following a protracted campaign of airstrikes in response to an entrance by Hamas terrorists that resulted in the deaths of over 1,400 Israelis, the bulk of whom were civilians, more than 4,100 individuals have been confirmed murdered in Gaza.
Large throngs of people in central London took to the streets, carrying Palestinian flags, as the protest in London got underway peacefully.
More than 100,000 people had joined the march by 2:00 pm, according to the Met Police.
The march went around Marble Arch and ended up at Whitehall.
Just one individual had been taken into custody at today’s protest, according to police, and that person was being held in connection with an incident from last week, they verified by 5:00 p.m.
Images from this afternoon show police holding two demonstrators, and they are present outside the Israeli embassy.
In the meantime, about a thousand protestors poured into Cardiff, the capital of Wales, demanding that the Welsh and British governments insist on a rapid ceasefire in Gaza and the sending of “full humanitarian aid.”
Numerous people demonstrated today in the streets of Salford, Birmingham, Belfast, and Dublin, with many of them brandishing ‘Free Palestine’ placards and waving flags.
Protests have been happening after UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly stated he had reminded Israeli officials ‘of their duty to observe international law’ in conversations with them.
Throughout the course of the past two weekends, pro-Palestine demonstrations have been held all throughout the UK.
According to Maggie Morgan of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign Cardiff, the purpose of the march was to declare, “not in our name, we’re not having this,” as well as to demonstrate support for the Palestinian people.
Images from the demonstration in London show two demonstrators being held by the Metropolitan Police.
The force reported that officers were present on Kensington Hight Street, Bayswater Road, and outside the Israeli Embassy in a post on X, the platform that was formerly known as Twitter.
Officers are interacting with protesting groups on Kensington High Street and Bayswater Road.
‘Take this great energy and sympathy and turn it into action,’ urged Zoe Lawlor, chairwoman of the Ireland-Palestine sympathy Campaign, to the assembled throng in Dublin.”
Humanitarian aid must be allowed into Gaza, the illegal siege must be lifted, and there must be an immediate ceasefire.
“Belfast Stands with Palestine coordinated a march in Northern Ireland that drew large crowds as well.
The march to the BBC Northern Ireland headquarters through the city centre drew hundreds of participants.
The divisive Islamic organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir, which translates to “Party of Liberation” and originally appeared in Britain in the 1980s, is staging its own demonstration outside the Turkish and Egyptian embassies in conjunction with the London march.
The group’s demands, as stated in advertisements for the Hizb ut-Tahrir event, are for “the armies of Muslim countries to move to free Palestine” because it “is the only way to rescue the Muslims under attack.”
More than 40 nations have outlawed Hizb ut-Tahrir.
During their premierships, Tony Blair and David Cameron both considered doing the same, but police officials reportedly advised against it because they believed the group would get more radical if forced underground.
On Saturday, there were several marches in the UK in support of Palestinian civilians, including a tiny demonstration in front of Windsor Castle.
Several Palestinian flags were also observed at Anfield during Liverpool vs. Everton, the Merseyside derby.
Pictures taken on Saturday in London reveal a huge police presence near the Israeli embassy, with dozens of policemen in riot gear and more than 20 police vans cruising the streets.
Officers were observed putting riot shields within the gates of the embassy, which had large metal and concrete barricades in front of it.
The purpose of Simon Redwill’s Chelsea demonstration, according to him, was to back the Palestine ‘struggle’.
“Israel is a terrorist state,” declared the 44-year-old solicitor.
Joe Biden and the British government must treat this seriously.
“Today has been amazing,” yet people are also irate and tired.
This will not end.
When asked if he had any sympathy for the Israelis lost in the fighting, a another protestor said, “No.”
Westminster-based 44-year-old artist Justin Ponting expressed his compassion for the innocent victims of the conflict on all sides.
But the aggressor is Israel.
They are, in my opinion, responsible for what occurs.
They are encroaching on territory that is not theirs.
“I’m sorry for the British Jews, but they must acknowledge that Israel is the real culprit.”
The demonstration comes after last weekend’s mostly peaceful series of marches through UK cities; however, a few incidents, such as young ladies carrying pictures of paragliders on their backs and a woman in Glasgow shouting, “Remember where the Jews were in 1940,” aroused outrage in the days that followed.
Since the terror organisation Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, started a devastating onslaught against Israel earlier this month, killing over 1,400 people and kidnapping an additional 200, at least 4,100 people have died in the Gaza Strip.
Civilians made up the great majority of those slain in the attack, which was carried out by paragliders from both the air and the ground.
During their onslaught on October 7, Hamas is alleged to have killed 250 people at a music festival and massacred entire towns.
In an attack that saw entire families—including young children and the elderly—shot dead and dismembered, at least nine Britons were slain and seven more went missing.
Israel retaliated by attacking Hamas militants in Gaza with a flurry of attacks.
Initially, Israel encircled the strip to stop supplies of food, water, and medical aid from getting to the area.
The first international relief vehicles were permitted to enter Gaza via the Egyptian border crossing on Saturday morning.
The Metropolitan Police have sent out about 1,000 policemen to monitor the city today afternoon in light of the escalating tensions in the Middle East.
According to the force, there has been a 1,353% rise in anti-Semitic crimes and a 140% spike in islamophobic crimes since the conflict began.
Expecting “another significant demonstration in central London organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign,” the Met stated in a statement issued on Friday.
The march started at noon at Marble Arch and will go through Park Lane, Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly, Trafalgar Square, and Whitehall.
Online videos displayed demonstrators yelling phrases like “free Palestine” and “Israel is a terror state.”
Many gathered in famous London spots like Trafalgar Square and lit smoke flares.
Despite the current disagreement around the meaning of the slogan, pro-Palestinian demonstrators in downtown London on Saturday chanted, “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”
The slogan has previously been called antisemitic by Home Secretary Suella Braverman, who asserted that it is ‘widely understood’ to demand the destruction of Israel.
However, authorities have been urged to explain whether chanting the slogan constitutes a crime by Jewish organisations such as the Community Security Trust, Jewish Leadership Council, and the Board of Deputies.
The slogan’s supporters, however, characterise it as a “long-standing protest chant” that demands the creation of a Palestinian country.
‘Muslim armies’ should save the Palestinian people, shouted a tiny group of pro-Palestinian demonstrators at a separate event on Saturday in downtown London.
About a hundred individuals, presumably fans and members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, gathered on Balfour Mews, a short distance from the main demonstration route.
The audience heard speakers speaking in Arabic.
‘Muslim armies, rescue the people of Palestine’ was written on a giant banner.
This week, Hizb ut-Tahrir issued a statement on its website calling for the military invasion of Israel by Muslim countries.
The statement said: “The Muslim community in Britain calls on the Muslim armed forces to liberate Palestine from occupation immediately.”
Palestine is extremely important since it is the homeland of the Prophets.
These armies exist to protect the dignity of Muslims, a responsibility that transcends national borders.
The Muslim armies have a duty to protect it resolutely from occupation and all sorts of assault.
The Muslim community in Britain has the solid belief that Palestine is a blessed Islamic land and expresses profound concern and strong condemnation of choices and agreements made by Muslim leadership that protect the Zionist state.
It is an offence against Islam, a betrayal of the Ummah, and a breach of the Islamic duty to protect the blessed country for anyone to take part in or remain silent about the occupation.
Hizb ut-Tahrir spokespeople are adamant that while they support Hamas, they also seek improved conditions for Gaza’s civilian population.
Section 12 protest limitations have been implemented by the Met, meaning that anyone straying from the designated paths may face arrest.
Additionally, a Section 14 order prohibiting demonstrators from entering specific streets next to the Israeli embassy is being enforced.
People assemble in Tel Aviv, meanwhile, to express solidarity with the families of those who have lost loved ones who have been taken hostage.
During the protest, protesters hoisted banners demanding the release of Israeli hostages held by Palestinian terrorists.