National March For Palestine, London: Pictures as thousands march from Hyde Park to the American embassy

Thousands of people joined a National March for Palestine on Saturday, while police confronted far-right groups.

Thousands of people joined a national National March for Palestine on Saturday (November 11), calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Saturday protests have taken place in London since Israeil's response began to the Hamas terrorist attacks on October 7.

More than 1,200 people were killed in the attacks, with others taken hostage. The Hamas-run authority in Gaza claims more than 10,000 people have lost their lives during Israel's military operation.

This week's demonstration has been the subject of extensive debate due to Armistice Day falling on a Saturday. Home secretary Suella Braverman and prime minister Rishi Sunak called for the protest to be banned.

Met Police commissioner Sir Mark Rowley resisted, saying the threshold was not met to warrant a ban.

Organisers of the march have been in consultation with the police and it was already agreed that the protest would not pass through Whitehall or past the Cenotaph. Instead the gathering began at Hyde Park and proceeded towards the American Embassy.

Previous protests have faced criticism, with concern about elements expressing support for Hamas. Organisers have stressed that the demonstrations are calling for a ceasefire to save civilian lives.

On Saturday, counter-protests by far-right groups saw clashes with missiles thrown at police. The Met said 82 arrests were made on Saturday afternoon "to prevent a breach of the peace".

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