LONDON: 1000’s of individuals rallied on Saturday (Oct 14) in London and different UK cities for pro-Palestinian protests, amid police warnings that anybody displaying help for the militant group Hamas may face arrest.
Attendees, who marched by means of the guts of the British capital in addition to Manchester in northern England, Edinburgh in Scotland and different cities, have been shadowed by a heavy police presence.
In London, demonstrators massed neared BBC Information’ headquarters earlier than a day rally close to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Downing Road workplace and residence.
Some held Palestinian flags and placards – bearing slogans together with “freedom for Palestine”, “finish the bloodbath” and “sanctions for Israel” – as they made their approach in direction of the end-point for deliberate speeches. Chants of “Rishi Sunak, disgrace on you” may very well be heard.
“I feel all simply individuals all over the world, not simply in Britain, should rise up and name for this insanity (to finish),” Ismail Patel, chairman of the Mates of Al-Aqsa marketing campaign, advised AFP on the demonstration within the capital.
“In any other case, within the subsequent few days, (we) would possibly see a disaster unfolding.”
The rallies come as Israel intensifies its conflict to destroy Hamas’ functionality, relentlessly pounding the Gaza Strip and deploying tens of hundreds of troopers close by forward of an anticipated floor offensive within the enclave.
That follows final Saturday’s assault by Hamas, which noticed lots of of its fighters cross the Israeli border to take hostages and kill greater than 1,000 civilians on the streets, of their houses and at a rave social gathering.