Pro-Palestine protesters goal Keir Starmer’s workplace as 100 occasions happen

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protestors gathered outdoors Sir Keir Starmer’s workplace in Camden, north London, as a part of 100 occasions going down throughout the UK calling for an instantaneous ceasefire.

Crowds could possibly be heard chanting “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” and “Keir Starmer’s a wasteman” as they blocked the highway in Camden which led to his constituency workplace.

This comes after 56 Labour MPs defied their chief’s place of advocating for pauses in preventing so they might assist a ceasefire in a Commons vote.

Protesters in Parnell Square, Dublin, throughout a pro-Palestine rally, demanding a ceasefire within the Israel-Hamas battle

The march on Sir Keir’s workplace shaped half of a day of nationwide motion on Saturday, with greater than 100 rallies going down throughout the UK as a substitute of a giant march in central London.

In Glasgow, politicians from the SNP, Scottish Labour and the Scottish Greens addressed a crowd of 18,000 folks, with a lot of these attending writing their names on their arms as a logo of solidarity with the residents of Gaza.

Thousands additionally marched by means of the streets of Dublin in solidarity with the Palestinian folks, with the protest starting on the Garden of Remembrance and marching throughout the River Liffey earlier than a sit-in on the Department of Foreign Affairs constructing, Iveagh House.

Meanwhile, protesters held sit-in protests at main UK prepare stations prompting elevated policing throughout railway networks, with 5 arrested at London Waterloo.

People participate in a Palestine Day of Action demonstration, outdoors the workplace of Harrow East MP Bob Blackman

British Transport Police (BTP) deployed enhanced officer patrols in England, Scotland and Wales on Saturday, however footage shared on social media confirmed a small crowd sat on the ground in Manchester Victoria Station, whereas the drive confirmed one other group of round 25 had accomplished the identical at Leeds station shortly after 2pm.

Around 200 protestors gathered at London Bridge and had been dispersed by police, whereas round 100 had been faraway from Waterloo, with no prepare providers affected in both station.

A bunch of protesters who had been faraway from the station then made their strategy to Westminster Bridge the place they sat within the highway earlier than shifting to Parliament Square, the Metropolitan Police mentioned.

Police officers take away pro-Palestinian protesters that took half in a sit-in demonstration at London’s Waterloo Station

The drive mentioned on X, previously Twitter: “We believe the group in Parliament Square is a mix of pro-Palestinian protesters and Just Stop Oil activists.

“We have arrested a prominent Just Stop Oil activist from within the group. We have a significant number of officers ready to respond if there is further disruption in the road.”

Over the course of the afternoon, 10 rallies happened throughout the capital together with in Islington, Redbridge and Tower Hamlets. As a consequence, the Metropolitan Police mentioned {that a} “significant” policing operation was deliberate for the capital this weekend.

They mentioned they might goal deployments in areas “with significant Jewish or Muslim communities”, which they mentioned “continue to experience increased uncertainty and fear in light of events in the Middle East and their impact here in London”.

People participate in a march and demonstration in Glasgow

Previous weekends have seen 1000’s of protesters and counter-protesters converging on the capital.

A spokeswoman for organisers Stop The War Coalition mentioned that Saturday’s day of motion comes forward of a nationwide demonstration deliberate for the next Saturday.

Ben Jamal, director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, mentioned the rallies had been organised to indicate that “ordinary people” assist a ceasefire.

On Wednesday night, MPs voted 293 to 125, majority 168, to reject the SNP’s King’s Speech modification calling for “all parties to agree to an immediate ceasefire”.

In a press release following the vote, Sir Keir mentioned he regretted that occasion colleagues had not backed his place earlier than saying he was extra centered on the plight of individuals in Gaza than managing the splits inside Labour.

Mr Starmer has referred to as for humanitarian pauses. He has argued {that a} ceasefire would enable Hamas to regroup and launch additional terror assaults on Israel.

Jess Phillips, the shadow minister for home violence and safeguarding, was amongst 10 frontbenchers who rebelled towards his order.