Protests will sweep the country tomorrow as part of a national day of action by Palestine supporters, with more than 100 rallies set to be staged and police forces gearing up to deal with any unrest.
Rather than a huge march in London, as has been seen in recent weeks with thousands of protesters converging on the capital, dozens of events are due to take place in different parts of the UK tomorrow.
It has sparked a huge response from police forces, with the Metropolitan Police saying it will stage a ‘significant’ operation and will not tolerate hate crimes, including offensive chanting and placards targeting the Jewish community.
Meanwhile, the British Transport Police have banned protests on Saturday at many of London’s main rail stations, anticipating that demonstrations at the country’s busiest transport hubs could cause severe disruption.
Rather than a huge march in London , as has been seen in recent weeks, dozens of events are due to take place in different parts of the UK tomorrow (picture of a protest on Wednesday)
British Transport Police have banned protests on Saturday at many of London’s main rail stations
A vigil was held at Downing Street tonight to mourn the civilians and healthcare workers killed in Israel’s bombing of Gaza
Dolls were laid in front of the Prime Minister’s residence to highlight the number of children and babies killed in the bloody war
Israel began strikes on the enclave after the October 7 atrocities by Palestinian terror group Hamas, which saw 1,200 killed.
The Palestinian death toll has surpassed 12,000, including 5,000 children, the Hamas-run Health Ministry said on Friday.
Dolls were laid in front of the Prime Minister’s residence to highlight the number of children and babies killed in the bloody war, while protesters also held aloft placards with the names of medics who have lost their lives while trying to save others.
Furious protesters have been calling for a ceasefire for weeks, and now protests will grip the country as part of a coordinated day of action which will involve trade unionists.
Ben Jamal, director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said the rallies were organised to show that ‘ordinary people’ support a ceasefire.
‘This Saturday, ordinary people across the UK will come out again to show the vast majority of them support a ceasefire,’ he said.
‘They will show their solidarity with Palestinians who are suffering unimaginable harm.’
A spokeswoman for organisers Stop The War Coalition said: ‘Tomorrow is the day of action that we’ve called for.’
‘Groups around the country are organising local rallies and marches to basically build for the national demonstration that has been called for next Saturday,’ she said.
The spokeswoman added that most of the rallies will have speakers, and some will still march.
Hundreds of children joined a protest march through Bethnal Green yesterday
Youngsters and adults carrying Palestinian flags and placards calling for Israel to ‘stop the war in Gaza ‘ clogged up the streets in Bethnal Green
The gathering in Barking comes amid warnings for children to stay in school
‘I think most of them have speakers from various organisations that are involved in the main marches, and then trade unionists,’ she said.
This week, Labour saw a string of frontbench resignations after ten MPs defied Sir Keir Starmer and voted for an end to fighting.
MPs who did not rebel against the party leader have seen demonstrations in their constituencies, with marchers expected in Emily Thornberry’s seat of Highbury and Islington tomorrow.
Last Saturday also saw shocking scenes of violence as far-right football hooligans claiming to be ‘protecting the Cenotaph’ clashed with police.
Today, the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) voiced fears that ‘genocidal hate chanting and antisemitic rhetoric’ would be heard on Britain’s streets.
The Met said 300,000 people joined a pro-Palestinian march through London on Armistice Day, which saw some displaying antisemitic slogans and sickening support for Hamas.
The Metropolitan Police said that a ‘significant’ policing operation is planned for the capital this weekend as it plans to crackdown on any hateful behaviour.
Temporary Commander Karen Findlay, who is leading the Met’s operation in London, said: ‘Whilst there is no single large central protest event on Saturday, our policing priorities remain the same across the local events that are due to take place.
‘We are here to ensure that people can exercise their right to protest but to make sure that is done lawfully, and that unreasonable disruption to the lives of other Londoners is kept to a minimum.
‘Our officers will intervene swiftly where they see offences taking place. In particular, I want to reiterate that there is no place for hate in London. Hate crime will not be tolerated.
Police are ‘actively seeking’ two men pictured wearing Hamas-style headbands at last Saturday’s march in London
A demonstrator last Saturday with a sign showing a Star of David intertwined with a Nazi swastika (left) and another depicting Rishi Sunak and Suella Braverman as ‘coconuts’
‘Regrettably, while the majority of protesters coming out in recent weeks have been peaceful, we have continued to see people taking part in offensive chanting or intentionally carrying placards that cross the line from political statements into racially or religiously aggravated offences.’
The British Transport Police have issued Section 14a orders prohibiting protests on Saturday at many of London’s main rail stations.
The orders will be in place between 10am and 11pm at Waterloo, Charing Cross, King’s Cross, London Bridge, Euston, Liverpool Street, Marylebone, Paddington, Victoria and St Pancras.
Assistant Chief Constable Sean O’Callaghan said: ‘We have been made aware of several planned demonstrations due to take place on Saturday November 18 across railway stations in London.
‘We fully respect the rights of people to protest lawfully but where we believe this could cause serious disruption to the railway services, we must act.’
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