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The Armistice Day scene in central London presented a stark contrast between two groups

The Armistice Day scene in central London presented a stark contrast between two groups
Monday, 13 November 2023 09:25

At the Cenotaph, where the British Friends of Israel gathered, the atmosphere was respectful, peaceful, and marked by a sense of unity among people from various regions. However, the day was marred by disorder and disturbances elsewhere, particularly around the war memorial where the English Defence League's leader, Tommy Robinson, had called for protection.

While the gathering at Parliament Square remained dignified, concerns were expressed about the Metropolitan Police's handling of a pro-Palestine march on such a solemn national day. Criticisms included a perceived failure to ban the march and allegations of double standards in policing between different groups. The absence of many police officers wearing poppies and the perceived contrast with their response to other movements, like Black Lives Matter, raised questions about potential bias.

As I left Westminster, I encountered a large pro-Palestinian march near Victoria station, with some participants displaying alarming behavior, including illegal hooded and masked individuals, anti-Semitic placards, and chants referring to historical events. The Metropolitan Police asserted that no offenses were committed during this march. The overall experience left a lasting impression of a city with heightened security measures and a complex social and political landscape.

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