100,000 pro-Palestinian protesters flooded the streets of London on Saturday as supporters of radical Islam joined with far-left group Antifa.
The rally was to support Palestine in the wake of the recent Hamas terror strikes on Israel, which left over 1,400 people dead.
Our colleagues at @NPASLondon really are invaluable on days like today giving us a real time overview of events as they take place on a #PublicOrder day! 🚁— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) October 21, 2023
As of 1400 hours we now estimate the numbers in the demonstration to be up to 100,000; the front remains on Whitehall. 👀 pic.twitter.com/waFUXWBXTo
The Telegraph reported that protesters carried signs depicting British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Hitler moustaches.
Protesters could be heard chanting the following:
“From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”
“Muslim Armies!”— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) October 21, 2023
Breaking: A pro-Palestine rally outside the Egyptian Embassy in London calls for Muslims to support a holy Islamic war to liberate Palestinian Territories. pic.twitter.com/VofT2PU9Dd
The rallying cry essentially calls for the destruction of the state of Israel.
Veteran journalist Andy Ngo captured footage of protesters carrying signs in support of radical Islamic jihad, calling for “Muslim armies” around the world to fight Israel.
“The only solution is jihad by the armies of the Muslim countries,” a speaker was filmed saying outside the Egyptian Embassy in London.
Other protesters could also be heard chanting “Allah hu Akbar.”
Far-left groups joined the pro-Palestinian protesters, including people waving banners and placards from the Socialist Worker, while others waved the flags of the violent leftist Antifa group.
The flag of violent extremist movement Antifa is displayed at today’s pro-Palestine protest in central London. pic.twitter.com/SnljlQ7Wwd— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) October 21, 2023
Met Police warned that those supporting terror groups like Hamas would face arrest.
However, while protesters flew the black ‘Shahada’ flag used by Islamist terror organizations such as Jabhat al Nusra and al-Qaeda, police said it was not the ISIS flag and so didn’t arrest them.
“The flags in this photo are not those of ISIS. They are the ‘shahada,’ which is a declaration of faith in Islam,” the police said.
“ISIS flags may appear similar but are not the same. We have specialist officers with knowledge of flags working on this operation to assist with these assessments,” they added.
Prior to the rally, police said that those chanting “from the river to the sea” would not automatically necessitate arrest, but only if it was used to specifically intimidate Jewish people.
While this tweet has been deleted, the claim about flags is still being shared.— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) October 21, 2023
The flags in the lower left photo are not those of ISIS.
They are the ‘shahada’ which is a declaration of faith in Islam. ISIS flags may appear similar but are not the same.
We have… pic.twitter.com/OYrqJrXhsR
What was even more shocking, a London underground train driver reportedly used the broadcast system to lead those headed to the protest in a chant of “Free, Free Palestine.”
Tube driver leads a chant of “Free Palestine” over the tannoy in London.— Turning Point UK 🇬🇧 (@TPointUK) October 21, 2023
Jewish or Israeli people on this tube would not feel safe.
Shame on the TFL and shame on Sadiq Khan for creating a culture of fear in London. pic.twitter.com/G34H3v9WpK
“It is not the job of a TFL driver to make political statements on a public announcement. This man should be fired,” Brexit leader Nigel Farage said.
Reclaim Party leader Laurence Fox added:
“Imagine being a Jewish passenger on this train? How safe would you feel? Drive the train. Use the tannoy for passenger information, not political sloganeering.
“This is Sadiq Khan’s London. Where there is bad hate, and there is good hate.”
Police have not made any arrests.