Far-right protesters clash with police near Cenotaph ahead of pro-Palestine march – latest news
Police officers have set up a 'ring of steel' around the Cenotaph.
Fights between ‘football hooligans’ and police have broken out in Whitehall as around 1000 far-right activists have marched on the Cenotaph ahead of a two-minute silence on Armistice Day.
A line of police attempted to stop them from reaching Whitehall but the group pushed through, with some shouting ‘let’s have them’ and ‘England till I die’ as officers hit out with batons.
A few dozen of them climbed the barricades waving St George flags. Many were wearing black balaclavas.
Far-right activist Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, also known as Tommy Robinson, is seen to be in attendance.
The Met Police have drafted in 1,000 extra officers to form a ‘ring of steel’ around the event.
Over 500,000 people are expected to attend the ‘historic’ march in London this November 11, calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza conflict that erupted last month.
‘We are convinced it will be the biggest demonstration so far over Palestine,’ one of the group’s organisers told reporters.