Minister on pro-Palestine march on Remembrance weekend
Nigel Farage accused Rishi Sunak of being “gutless” over his statement on pro-Palestine protests planned for Remembrance Day.
The Prime Minister this afternoon condemned the “provocative and disrespectful” rally due to take place in central London on November 11.
But Mr Farage insisted Mr Sunak should move to block the demonstration.
The former Ukip and Brexit Party leader said: “Our Prime Minister should simply say that we will block the pro-Palestine rally from taking place on Armistice Day. But he won’t because he is gutless.”
Thousands of demonstrators demanding a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict are set to take to the streets of London on Remembrance Day, sparking fears events commemorating the nation’s war dead could be disrupted.e
In his statement, Mr Sunak said: “To plan protests on Armistice Day is provocative and disrespectful, and there is a clear and present risk that the Cenotaph and other war memorials could be desecrated, something that would be an affront to the British public and the values we stand for.
“The right to remember, in peace and dignity, those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for those freedoms must be protected.
“I have asked the Home Secretary to support the Met Police in doing everything necessary to protect the sanctity of Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.”
The Metropolitan Police has vowed to use all its powers to stop disruption of Remembrance events.
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It said officers will be deployed across the capital that weekend as part of a “significant policing and security operation”.
The force said protest groups have not indicated plans to march on Remembrance Sunday on November 12, but a large demonstration is expected on the Saturday.
Organisers of the rally have pledged to avoid the Whitehall area where the Cenotaph war memorial – the focus of national remembrance events – is located.
It will mark the latest in a series of weekend protests by Palestine supporters since the Israel-Hamas conflict erupted last month.
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