The Metropolitan Police have taken action against six individuals following a pro-Palestinian march that unfolded in central London this past Saturday. The Met Police apprehended a total of 29 individuals on charges related to public order offenses, racially motivated crimes, and assaults on police officers. During the event, officers reported incidents involving fireworks being thrown and the sale of materials supporting Hamas.
Commander Karen Findlay, in addressing the situation, underscored the Met Police’s unwavering commitment to combatting crimes fueled by hate. While the majority of the demonstrators conducted themselves peacefully, there were instances of unacceptable behavior from breakaway groups. Over 1,300 officers were deployed to maintain order and intervened when necessary to prevent further disruptions. Regrettably, several officers sustained injuries when fireworks were aimed in their direction. Nevertheless, these officers continued to perform their duties with remarkable bravery.
Commander Findlay stated, “We will continue to be vigilant in our response and take decisive action against any placards carried at protests that are found to be inflammatory or incite racial hatred. Likewise, materials purporting to support criminal organizations will not be tolerated. These actions are considered offenses, and any such banners or materials will undergo a thorough assessment by the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command.”