On Saturday the pro-Palestine march and the celebration of the armistice, on Sunday the fallen of the two world wars are remembered
There is tension in Great Britain ahead of the pro-Palestinian demonstration scheduled for Saturday, on a weekend in which the fallen of the two world wars are remembered. Groups of extremist football fans, writes the Daily Mail, are organizing to come to London on Sunday, saying they want to defend the official ceremony for the Fallen from potential threats “from the far left and pro-Palestinians”.
The pro-Palestinian march on Saturday had already caused controversy due to its coincidence with the November 11 holiday, which commemorates the armistice of the First World War. This is an anniversary which is deeply felt by the British who wear the ‘poppy’, a red poppy, in their buttonhole for days to remember the fallen. A national ceremony is scheduled for the 12th at the Whitehall Cenotaph in honor of the dead of the two wars. Although no pro-Palestinian demonstration is planned for Sunday, concerns about protests at the official ceremony have emerged. In this contesto groups of far-right hooligans organized themselves to arrive en masse in London on Sunday.
According to Mail Sport, the Metropolitan Police believe that over a thousand hooligans are preparing to arrive in the capital, after a message circulated by ‘Footbal lads against extremism’, a group of fans close to the far right, invited them to come and defend Sunday the ceremonies of Remembrance from the “threat” of the “extreme left and pro-Palestinian supporters”. The message urges people not to carry weapons, but the authorities fear “a nightmare weekend” and have predicted police reinforcements in London. According to what we read, two buses organized by a historic far-right supporter group are already sold out.
Meanwhile, further tensions have been fueled by an article published in the Times by Suella Braveman, in which the Minister of the Interior attacks the police, accusing them of rightly cracking down on the aggressive behavior of far-right demonstrators and football fans, but of turn a blind eye to pro-Palestinians. The article was also criticized by some Conservatives as delegitimizing the police, and the Prime Minister’s office said the text had not been approved by Rishi Sunak.