Pro-Palestinian protesters marched through several of London’s well-known sites on November 4 before staging a gathering in Trafalgar Square to demand an end to hostilities.
For the third weekend running, thousands of people have flocked to the nation’s capital to demonstrate support for those impacted by the Israel-Hamas conflict.
‘Ceasefire now’ chants echoed down Regent Street, one of the world’s most famous shopping avenues, with Palestinian flags and placards that read ‘Free Palestine’.
During the most recent protests, some protesters chanted outside the BBC’s offices and others staged a sit-in at Oxford Circus tube station. Five people were taken into custody at London’s King’s Cross station last night after a comparable sit-in that took place earlier in the week at Liverpool Street.
After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that there would not be a ceasefire until Hamas released its hostages in Israel, there has been an increase in activism.
As per media reports, tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied to call for a halt to Israeli attacks in Gaza in several UK towns and cities. The Metropolitan Police predicted that 30,000 people will attend in central London alone.
Social media users have posted videos of demonstrators in Sheffield, Manchester, and Glasgow waving Palestinian flags and demanding an immediate end to hostilities.
Eleven people were taken into custody in London; one was held for allegedly holding a banner that would encourage hatred, the Metropolitan Police said. Section 12 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which makes it illegal to publicly declare support for an organization that has been banned, is the reason this person is being detained. Two more people were taken into custody for violating the peace and for attacking a police officer. The additional eight arrests’ specifics were not disclosed.