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Braverman condemns Armistice Day violence as police charge seven

12 Nov 2023 4 minute read
Counter-protesters clash with police in Parliament Square in central London, during pro-Palestinian protest march. Photo Jeff Moore/PA Wire

Suella Braverman has condemned “violence and aggression” from protesters and counter-protesters on Armistice Day as police charged seven people over the disorder.

In her first public comments since Saturday’s ugly scenes in London, the Home Secretary also praised police and said it was an “outrage” a number of officers had been injured.

The Metropolitan Police said seven men have been charged with a variety of offences including assault on an emergency worker, criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon.

Officers made 145 arrests during the pro-Palestinian demonstration and counter-protest by far-right groups, the force said.

Mrs Braverman has been under fire for inflaming tensions after she branded pro-Palestinian protesters “hate marchers” and accused the police of bias for letting the rally coinciding with remembrance events go ahead.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is facing intensifying calls to sack her as his Home Secretary.

Aggression

Writing on social media site X on Sunday, she said: “Our brave police officers deserve the thanks of every decent citizen for their professionalism in the face of violence and aggression from protesters and counter protesters in London yesterday.

“That multiple officers were injured doing their duty is an outrage.”

Nine officers were injured as they prevented a violent crowd reaching the Cenotaph.

Mrs Braverman said “further action” is needed to tackle antisemitism as she zeroed in on placards and chants by some pro-Palestinian protesters.

“The sick, inflammatory and, in some cases, clearly criminal chants, placards and paraphernalia openly on display at the march mark a new low. Antisemitism and other forms of racism together with the valorising of terrorism on such a scale is deeply troubling.

“This can’t go on. Week by week, the streets of London are being polluted by hate, violence, and antisemitism. Members of the public are being mobbed and intimidated. Jewish people in particular feel threatened. Further action is necessary.”

Mr Sunak has said he expects far-right “thugs” and “Hamas sympathisers” to face “the full and swift force of the law”.

The Prime Minister said he will meet Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley in the “coming days” and repeated his threat to hold him “accountable” for allowing the pro-Palestinian march to take place on Armistice Day.

With Mr Sunak under growing pressure to fire Mrs Braverman, senior Cabinet minister Grant Shapps failed to back her survival as Home Secretary for another week, saying “a week’s a long time in politics”.

Hundreds of thousands of people took part in the biggest UK rally since the Israel-Hamas conflict began on October 7.

Hate crimes

Police said that while the march did not see the sort of physical violence carried out by far-right groups, they were investigating serious offences relating to antisemitism, and hate crimes were being probed.

The Met Police on Sunday said seven men between the ages of 21 and 75 had been charged, hailing from areas including London, Kent, Norfolk and West Lothian.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor, who led the Metropolitan Police’s operation on Saturday, said: “Public order policing doesn’t end when demonstrators go home.

“We have teams of officers who continue to build cases against those in custody and launch investigations into those who come to our attention when images and videos are shared on social media.”

Appeals in relation to eight incidents have been published, with more expected, he said.

The 91 people who were arrested to prevent a breach of the peace in Pimlico as they tried to confront the main pro-Palestinian march have since been released, the Met said.

Meanwhile, Cabinet minister Michael Gove thanked police for getting him “home safely” after he was mobbed by pro-Palestinian demonstrators at London’s Victoria station.


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Jeff
Jeff
5 months ago

She lit the fire, she called the hooligans and haters to arms, she did what trump did. I expect she is upset it wasn’t worse and most “hate marchers” arrested were the variety that hooligans are normally associated with and nothing to do with the peace march.

What is the next hate speech from her. How far will the Tory party sink here.

Until Sunak does something, this is what the Tory party is now. Every single Tory MP in the HoC carries this stain unless they speak up.

Mawkernewek
5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

Her statement afterwards is awful, she seems intent on using the violence from the far-right hooligans to try to say that the pro-peace protest was just as violent as them.

Welsh_Siôn
Welsh_Siôn
5 months ago
Reply to  Mawkernewek

Indeed – this is the echo of Trump’s comments after the demonstration in Charlottesville in 2017:

Following the 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Trump did say that there were “very fine people on both sides,” when speaking about those who attended the rally in support, and those who demonstrated against it. 

Sarah Good
Sarah Good
5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

Sinai is weak and is as vile as Braverman

John Davies
John Davies
5 months ago

If she didn’t want there to be violence, why did she dog-whistle and incite the far right?

Huwy
Huwy
5 months ago

She caused the problems – she is poison even by the standards of this corrupt government.

Alwyn Evans
Alwyn Evans
5 months ago

Totally cloth-eared. She genuinely doesn’t realise she’s directly responsible for the right-wing aggression and assault

Frank Sterle Jr.
5 months ago

Usually ideologically aligned with antisemitism, could it be that the hard-right counter-protesters opposed to the as-planned pro-Palestinian rally on Armistice Day in London have decided in this case they loathe Palestinians, with overall skin color perhaps being a major determinant, more than ‘the Jews’? Collectively, we humans are hopelessly prone to the politics of scale, especially those involving color, nationality, race and religion. Particularly with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, one can observe the ugly partisanship, most notably within social-media commentary. It can and does arouse a ‘spectator sport’ effect or mentality. Many contemptible news trolls internationally decide which ‘side’ they hate… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by Frank Sterle Jr.
karl
karl
5 months ago

She started the fire this year (normally Farage and the hate mail do), All so she can push her agenda and leadership credentials of a party never endorsed in Cymru. We need indy as we do not share Englands ideals. the far right make wearing a poppy become wrong.

Sarah Good
Sarah Good
5 months ago

Condemns violence from “both sides”. The vast majority 100+ of arrests were from the couple hundred EDL people who attacked the cenotaph, the police and tried to attack the pro-Palestinian demonstration. In the 300,000 strong pro-Palestinian demonstrators there were what? 5 arrests?
False equivocation from the nexus of hatred that is Suella Braverman. Still, hatred is a serious hobby of British people now, so there’s certainly a market for the vile dogma she is selling

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