UK minister condemned for attacking policing of pro-Palestinian protests

AFP , Thursday 9 Nov 2023

UK's interior minister Suella Braverman faced criticism on Thursday after accusing police of double standards on what she called "pro-Palestinian mobs" before a politically charged rally on Armistice Day.

Britain's Home Secretary Suella Braverman arrives for a cabinet meeting in 10 Downing Street in London, 31 October, 2023. AFP

Police have said they cannot legally ban Saturday's march in support of Palestinians under Israeli bombardment in the Gaza Strip since 7 October.

Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has described the planned march as "provocative and disrespectful", heaping pressure on the Metropolitan Police to ban it.

Tensions between London's Metropolitan Police and Sunak appeared to ease on Wednesday after a meeting at which the force's chief, Mark Rowley, confirmed the march would not clash with remembrance events for the country's war dead.

London has seen large demonstrations on four successive weekends since the Israeli war on Gaza broke out last month.

Israel has relentlessly bombarded the Palestinian territory and sent in ground troops, with the health ministry in Gaza saying more than 10,000 people have been killed.

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