Pro-Palestine activists caused chaos in central London on Thursday morning during a rush hour protest. The demonstration involved a group of Jewish people gathering at St Pancras station to pray for the people of Gaza. Videos suggest that the protest turned confrontational when British Transport Police officers attempted to break up the gathering and confiscate speeches.
Amid chants of 'Let us pray' and holding signs reading 'Stop bombing Gaza. Not in our name' and 'Jews say ceasefire now,' a small scuffle broke out between the officers and the activists. However, the situation was eventually de-escalated when the officers walked away from the group.
Simultaneously, pro-Palestinian activists targeted the Foreign Office and a British aerospace firm, smearing red paint on their premises. The activists claim the company supplied Israel with fighter jets. Police made two arrests, including one for racially aggravated criminal damage.
Videos shared online by Palestine Action showed a protester spraying messages calling for an end to the conflict in the Middle East on the firm's HQ. Another protester was seen on the roof, leading chants and shouting, 'Palestine will never die.' A specialist police team successfully apprehended him, and he was arrested for racially aggravated criminal damage.
The aerospace firm, Leonardo, which is one of the Ministry of Defence's major suppliers, has been accused by the activists of supporting Israel's actions in Gaza by supplying helicopters and parts for fighter jets. The activists also targeted the Foreign Office, painting 'blood' across the entrance. The protest occurred on the 106th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, with activists condemning the British government's ongoing complicity in what they view as genocide.
The British Transport Police stated that the initial protest at St Pancras was peaceful, with no reports of disorder or impact on the station's services. The Metropolitan Police announced that two men were arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated criminal damage, treating the incident as a hate crime.