Police arrest 82 ‘counter-protesters’ in London as thousands march for Palestine – latest
Police officers have set up a 'ring of steel' around the Cenotaph.
‘We are convinced it will be the biggest demonstration so far over Palestine,’ one of the group’s organisers told reporters.
The march- the route of which goes from Hyde Park to the US embassy in Vauxhall – has so far been peaceful.
However,fights between ‘football hooligans’ and police did break out in Whitehall as around 1000 far-right counter protesters marched on the Cenotaph ahead of a two-minute silence for 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, was seen to be in attendance, and over 80 arrests have been made.
The Met Police drafted in 1,000 extra officers to form a ‘ring of steel’ around the event.
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