Pro-Palestine march will be one of UK’s biggest ever protests of 2023. Metropolitan Police urges activists to postpone demonstration over potential clash with Armistice Day services.
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London, UK – November 11, 2023
Hundreds of thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters marched through central London on Saturday, calling for a ceasefire in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and an end to the occupation of Palestine. The protest coincided with Armistice Day, and a two-minute silence was held at London’s Cenotaph earlier.
The march began at Hyde Park Corner and made its way to the US Embassy in Vauxhall, where protesters chanted slogans such as “Free Palestine” and “End the occupation.” The protest was largely peaceful, but there were some scuffles between far-right counter-protesters and police.
One of the organizers of the protest, Ben Jamal, told Reuters that up to a million people could have joined the rally. He said the protest was “a powerful statement of solidarity with the Palestinian people and their struggle for freedom and justice.”
The pro-Palestinian protest was the largest in London since weekly marches began in early October. The protests have been sparked by the Israeli government’s decision to expand settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which are both considered occupied territories under international law.
The Israeli government has defended its actions, saying that it is simply building homes for its citizens in their own land. However, the Palestinians say that the settlements are illegal and that they are part of a wider Israeli plan to annex the West Bank.
The international community has condemned the Israeli government’s decision to expand settlements, saying that it is a violation of international law and that it undermines the prospects for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The pro-Palestinian protest in London was a powerful show of support for the Palestinian people and their struggle for freedom and justice. It is hoped that the protest will send a strong message to the Israeli government and to the international community that the world will not stand by and allow the occupation of Palestine to continue.
How many people are at the Pro-Palestine march today?
Millions of people will be gathered at the Hyde Park from 11am.
The six organising groups behind the demonstration had faced calls from the Metropolitan Police to postpone their National March for Palestine on the grounds that it could clash with remembrance services over the upcoming Armistice Weekend but the Met’s commissioner, Sir Mark Rowley, ultimately decided to give it the greenlight.
The march’s route will take activists from the Marble Arch corner of Hyde Park at approximately 11am on Saturday, head south through the capital down the Vauxhall Bridge Road and cross the River Thames en route to the US Embassy on Nine Elms Lane in opposition to US president Joe Biden’s unwavering support for the Israeli military’s response.