Police Arrest Thirteen in London at Pro-Palestine Protest

Police have arrested thirteen people as thousands march at the Pro-Palestine protest outside of the Israeli embassy in London on May 15.

“Nine people were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and a further four people were arrested on suspicion of breaching the Health Protection Regulations. They remain in custody,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

Police also said that nine officers were injured when missiles were thrown in “small pockets of disorder” as they attempted to disperse the crowds following a day of “largely peaceful protest.”

“Throughout the day, officers sought to engage with people who had gathered to demonstrate, and encourage them to disperse to help protect themselves and others during this public health crisis. Where this approach did not work and officers were met with hostility, they took enforcement action,” Superintendent Jo Edwards, in charge of policing operation, said in the statement.

Thousands marched to the streets in central London to show support towards Palestinians amid the escalating violence between Palestine and Israel in the Middle East.

Protesters called on the British government to take “immediate action” and to “stop allowing Israel’s brutal violence against and oppression of the Palestinian people to go unpunished.”

“This time is different. This time we will not be denied any more. We are united. We have had enough of oppression. Today we are saying enough, enough with the complicity,” Palestinian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Husam Zomlot said at the protest.

According to organizers, the protest was “the biggest pro-Palestine demonstration since 2014” with over 100,000 people in attendance.

Other protests took place in other cities across the UK, as well as major cities in several other countries, including Sydney in Australia and New York in the United States.


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