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Pro-Palestinian protesters ‘out of control’ provoke police in shocking clip in central London | United Kingdom | News

Shocking footage shows the moment anger flared in central London last night at a pro-Palestinian rally as protesters clashed with police.

A series of clips shared on social media throughout the evening showed rising tensions, including one short video showing angry protesters confronting a wall of police.

Three police officers were injured, including one who suffered serious facial injuries after being hit in the face with a bottle, and 40 people were arrested during a demonstration in Westminster organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign to protest against the Israeli bombing of Rafah.

Footage shared by Chris Hobbs, whose X profile describes him as a retired Metropolitan Police officer with 30 years’ experience, shows a large number of police vehicles at the scene.

In one short video, dozens of officers, including some with batons drawn, face large numbers of protesters in Whitehall. Another shows protesters trying unsuccessfully to break through the police cordon.

Commenting, user X, Heidi Bacham, said: ”Peaceful’ pro-Palestinian protesters in London fight with police.

“So much so that batons were brought out. That’s who they are.

“The crony supporters are completely out of control in London today.”

Westminster Police released a video of police trying to quell the riot, commenting: “Officers are identifying the ringleaders of this group and specialist arrest teams in protective gear are moving into the crowd to apprehend and extract them.”

The Metropolitan Police said the suspect who threw the bottle had not been identified but police were investigating.

The protest, organized by a coalition of groups including the Palestine Solidarity Group, started around 6 p.m. and was scheduled to end at 8 p.m., police said.

Most of the crowd, numbering between 8,000 and 10,000 people, left Whitehall without incident.

A group of about 500 people remained, and the police began making a number of arrests for failing to comply with the order.

Police said some of the crowd resisted arrest, requiring the use of force to remove those arrested, before the protest ended with the crowd marching on Bridge Street, outside Westminster station, where police set up cordons to stop the group.

The PSC shared footage from earlier in the evening, commenting: “More than 10,000 people in Downing Street are now pro-Palestine as Israel continues its brutal attack on Rafah.

“Our government and Labor leaders have given their support to Israel as it commits genocide. They have blood on their hands. They must call for a #CeasefireNOW and #StopArmingIsrael.”

Another protest organized by the PSC is planned for Saturday in central London.

More than 1,200 Israelis were killed in a Hamas terrorist attack on October 7. According to Gaza’s health ministry, 36,000 Palestinians died in the subsequent Israeli military intervention.