Intense fighting around Gaza hospitals in great difficulty
Nearly 2,000 police officers were mobilized and the head of operations within the London police, Laurence Taylor, stressed that this weekend would be “particularly tense and difficult”.
He particularly expects that nationalist counter-protesters, including hooligans, will come to the site, increasing the risks of confrontations.< /p>
According to several British media, Tommy Robinson, founder of the far-right group English Defense League, is among these counter-protesters.
Scuffles took place at the end of the morning between the police and nationalist activists who were trying to approach the area of Whitehall where the memorial to British soldiers who died in combat is located.
The officers “experienced violence and attacks from counter-protesters who threw bottles and other projectiles at them. We will respond firmly to this disorder and unacceptable aggression,” the Metropolitan Police said on 'a stick, and is currently holding “a large group” of these counter-protesters behind a security cordon in a street in the capital.
< p>The organization of the march turned into a political crisis, the government having put pressure on the police to ban it, which the latter refused.
Rishi Sunak warned that he would hold the police chief, Mark Rowley, “responsible” for possible excesses.
Interior Minister Suella Braverman, who described the pro-Palestinian demonstrations as “hate marches”, said sparked a flood of criticism after publicly accusing the police of having “double standards” in their handling of the protests.
Friday evening, she affirmed that she “totally supported” the police, but several political leaders accused her of adding fuel to the fire before the procession took place.
Several elected officials from the opposition demanded again on Saturday his departure from the government, like the Scottish Prime Minister Humza Yousaf.
“The far right was encouraged by the Minister of the Interior […] They are now attacking the police on armistice day. The position of the Minister of the Interior is untenable. She must resign,” he wrote on revised downwards by the Israeli government, and 11,078 deaths in the retaliatory bombings carried out by Israel in the Gaza Strip, mainly civilians too, including 4,506 children, according to the Hamas Ministry of Health.
Since the start of the conflict, the United Kingdom has experienced an increase in anti-Semitic and Islamophobic acts.