As a prelude to the Israeli navy motion, the militants of the Islamist terrorist group Hamas, which dominates Gaza, launched a shock assault on Israel on October 7, invaded the southern half of the nation, killed greater than 1,400 people, wounded 3,000, and in keeping with the newest Israeli knowledge, took 240 hostages to the Gaza Strip.
The members of Saturday’s demonstration in London, like the earlier three demonstrations, marched to the foremost authorities avenue, Whitehall. From right here opens Downing Street, which homes the workplace and residence of the British prime ministers.
Scotland Yard mentioned on Saturday night that it had detained 11 people at the demonstration. According to the police, one of them was holding up a banner that could possibly be appropriate for inciting hatred. The particular person was detained beneath Section 12 of the 2000 Anti-Terrorism Act. This part of the laws makes it an offense to precise an intention to support organizations that are prohibited by UK legislation from working in the UK.
Under UK anti-terror legislation Those who be part of teams labeled as militant terrorist organizations by the British authorities can withstand 14 years in jail, supporting these teams in any method, or encouraging others to support such teams. Two years in the past, the British authorities declared Hamas a terrorist group, outlawing its actions and support in Great Britain.
The foremost organizer of the sequence of demonstrations in Great Britain is the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, however Saturday’s demonstration was joined by the broad-based anti-war civil motion Stop the War. In addition to London, demonstrations had been additionally held in Manchester, Belfast, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Liverpool and Leeds on Saturday.
A fierce debate has already developed round the new pro-Palestinian demonstration deliberate for November 11, i.e. subsequent Saturday, as a result of that day is the anniversary of the cease-fire that ended the First World War, which is historically a memorial day for battle victims in Great Britain. Organizers of subsequent week’s demonstration have promised to keep away from the Cenotaph, a memorial to the battle lifeless in the center of London’s authorities district, which is the website of the central commemoration every year.
At the similar time, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, in his assertion on Saturday, described the demonstration deliberate for subsequent Saturday’s Memorial Day as provocative and disrespectful to the battle victims, and Interior Minister Suella Braverman, in her assertion revealed on Saturday, additionally described the demonstration as a “hate parade”. In his response, Ben Jamal, director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, referred to as it insulting that those that are protesting for peace are being accused of disrespecting the battle lifeless.
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