London – About one hundred thousand people, according to the Police estimate, took to the streets of Madrid this Saturday. London and marched to the vicinity of Downing Street, residence of the British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, to protest the bombings on Loop.
The protesters walked among flags and banners that read “freedom to Palestine” and “stop the war,” and they chanted slogans like “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”
More than a thousand officers from the London Metropolitan Police ensured the security of the protest, which flooded the center of the British capital for the second consecutive weekend and forced the temporary closure of the Marble Arch metro station, on the main artery. Oxford Street shopping.
Scotland Yard arrested two people in Trafalgar Square during the day for launching pyrotechnic rockets at its officers and also increased security around the Israeli embassy, where some groups gathered during the afternoon.
“This is in solidarity with our Palestinian brothers and sisters, who are facing genocide, who have been expelled from their own country, displaced. “This is for all the innocent people,” a protester, who identified himself as Muhammad, told EFE.
Another participant, Hayad, of Iraqi origin, stated that “Palestine has been occupied for more than seventy years.”
“We have experienced war, we have experienced injustice. What is happening in Palestine is really shameful for the entire community, because of the killing, the genocide that is occurring. “We have seen it in Iraq and we do not want it to be repeated.”he pointed.
Among the protesters there was also criticism of Sunak’s conservative Executive: “I protest because I feel that the Government is complicit in the war crimes committed by Israel”said Joe, a British teacher.
“I am here to make my voice heard and to show you that not all Britons support the actions of the State of Israel”he added.
Before the protest, the Police issued a statement in which they warned that, “although supporting the Palestinian cause or criticizing Israel is not, in itself, illegal, any support for banned organizations such as Hamas o Hezbollah is illegal.”