MP says Met must call in the army for ‘million-strong’ Palestine march

Palestine Solidarity Campaign march in London

An MP has called for the military to be drafted in to keep the peace in London after it emerged pro-Palestinian protestors are organising a “million-strong” march on Remembrance Day.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has announced it plans to continue protests in response to Israel’s Hamas retaliation.

Coaches are now being organised from northern towns like Dewsbury, Batley and Leicester, with a demand for activists to help “make this the biggest march in history”.

The planned day of the protest, November 11, will clash directly with this year’s Remembrance Day, and come a day before the annual Cenotaph memorial for Remembrance Sunday.

Despite the head of the Met Sir Mark Rowley telling the London Assembly the protestors “will not be allowed near the official events or to disrupt them”, there are serious concerns about how such a large protest can take place while maintaining peace and order.

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A Tory MP has now told the Express that the Metropolitan Police and Sadiq Khan must ask for military assistance.

Crawley MP Henry Smith said: “After consecutive weekends of demonstrations where the Cenotaph and other national monuments have been grossly disrespected, it’s completely inappropriate for further protests to be held over Remembrance weekend.

“I don’t have confidence in the Mayor of London or Metropolitan Police under him to properly handle the situation given their past poor record, and call on the Government to consider deploying military assistance.”

Mr Smith added: “The fact that this even needs considering is a sad reflection on the ability so far to appropriately police what have been some appalling scenes.”

Susan Hall, the Tory candidate for Mayor of London, told the Express the planned protest will be “very disruptive to the Remembrance Sunday commemoration”.

She said: “Sadiq Khan needs to get a grip and start taking responsibility for keeping Londoners safe. These protests have already caused a great deal of anxiety, especially amongst the Jewish community, and will likely be very disruptive to the Remembrance Sunday commemoration.

“It is vital that the police have the resources and political backing they need to do their jobs, and when I am Mayor, I will ensure they always do.”

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The PSC campaign called on its tens of thousands of followers to use the coming weekend to “prepare” for its Remembrance Day march.

On X, formerly Twitter, they listed dozens of locations for activists to congregate at this weekend’s protest, including eight in London.

The principal location to meet is at Trafalgar Square, just meters away from the Cenotaph where the PM and King will lay wreaths on Remembrance Sunday.

It is unclear where the protest on the 11th will take place.

The Met has caused outrage in recent weeks by defending protestors who climbed up scaffolding, set off flares and even chanted Jihad.

The force’s social media profile claimed that the chant for Jihad in fact “has a number of meanings but we know the public will most commonly associate it with terrorism”.

A post said: “We have specialist counter-terrorism officers here in the operations room who have particular knowledge in this area.”

Earlier this week the force was also filmed tearing down posters of Israeli hostages that had been put up in Edgware, North London.

Adam Ma’anit, whose own cousin is missing, said he feels a “wave of despair” when seeing posters being ripped down.

He said: “Those who tear the posters down, are silencing one of the only ways we’ve been able to keep their plight fresh in the minds of people. They are silencing our suffering and pain. For the police to be party to that is deeply distressing.”

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