Six arrested: London, January ‘demo’/riot over Gaza

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24th March, 2009

SIX MEN ARRESTED OVER JANUARY “DEMOS”/RIOTS  OVER GAZA IN LONDON

There was plenty of video “evidence” of the mobs running riot in London in January, supposedly over Israel’s attacks on Gaza. So perhaps it is surprising that only six have been arrested.

In case the police haven’t seen enough footage to arrest a few more here are some of  the videos – all available at YouTube.


George Galloway | Stop Gaza Massacre protest London Saturday 3 January 2009

WHY IS THIS HATING INCITER OF VIOLENCE STILL FREE? He calls for the “Egyptian people to rise up and remove Mubarrak”. Is this LEGAL? DON’T THE POLICE HAVE HIS PICTURE?


Bloody Showdown at Israeli Embassy London Jan 09


P13, How to Really Boycott Israeli Products Starbucks – London Gaza Protest 10 Jan 2009


The People vs. The State @ Gaza Demo (London) Jan 2009

NOT a demo but a crowd of wild riotous animals. The Police were clearly attacked, NOT the animals pretending they were concerned about children in Gaza.  Just as well I’m not in charge of the Police. I’d have ordered them to SHOOT!

More here


BBC Report: SIX ARRESTED OVER EMBASSY PROTEST

Six men suspected of violent disorder during a series of demonstrations outside the Israeli embassy in central London have been arrested during raids.

The arrests follow protests in Kensington in December and January against Israeli action in Gaza.

Some protesters attacked police and tried to raid the Israeli embassy.

BBC News has learned that one of the men, an 18-year-old, was arrested at the west London home of jailed extremist preacher Abu Hamza.

The Metropolitan Police said the arrests were the first phase of a long-running operation to identify 40 people believed to be involved in the clashes.

Listen to Police Chief on these arrests

‘Hardcore antagonists’

The arrests concern the demonstrations on 3 and 10 January.

Police have also released images of three of the men they want to find in connection with the demonstrations.

“What happened during these demonstrations in January and what our officers and those shop keepers were subjected to was not and cannot be described as lawful protest,” said Ch Supt Ian Thomas.

“A small minority of people set out that day not to air their views but to fight police and cause damage.

“I have no doubt that a small hardcore acted as antagonists during the demonstrations stirring up the crowd.”

Abu Hamza, who was born in Egypt and is married with seven children, is serving a seven-year prison sentence for inciting murder and racial hatred.

He is also facing extradition to the United States on terrorism charges.

Residents who live near his home in Shepherd’s Bush said armed officers raided the house at 0500 GMT and they were handed leaflets explaining the police action.

During the January demonstrations, at least 55 police officers received minor injuries and one police officer was knocked unconscious when he was hit with a metal object.

The six suspects are aged between 17 and 26 years old and are from west and north-west London.


And from Harrow Times

As thousands of protesters turned out to show their feelings about the conflict in two separate marches in January, police say they were attacked and some shop windows were smashed.

Officers are still hunting the people they believe were responsible and of the six arrested this morning a 23-year-old and a 25-year-old were from the NW9 area.

The rest were from other parts of west London.

Chief Superintendent Ian Thomas, of the Met’s Public Order Branch, said: “What happened during these demonstrations in January and what our officers and those shop keepers were subjected to was not and cannot be described as lawful protest.

“A small minority of people set out that day not to air their views but to fight police and cause damage.

“I have no doubt that a small hardcore acted as antagonists during the demonstrations, stirring up the crowd.”

His operation, codenamed Ute, has already seen 62 people arrested and released on bail, while police hunt another 40.

During the first protest, on January 3, crowds of people, police say around 12,000, marched from Embankment to Trafalgar Square.

Officer say 2,000 broke off, making their way towards the Israeli embassy, in Kensington, and claim some tried to break through police lines.

They say demonstrators threw objects at them, including fireworks.

On January 10, police say they faced a three hour barrage outside the embassy, with some of the 15,000 to 20,000 protesters throwing barriers, sticks and stones.

Four shop windows were smashed and Starbucks was looted. Officers say people threw the stolen goods at their lines.

One policeman was knocked unconscious during the bombardment.

Chief Superintendent Thomas said: “Let me make it clear that those who corrupt and abuse the right to protest by using it as a guise to attack police and trash and loot shops cannot hide behind the crowds.

Police have released pictures of three people they are still hunting in connection with the violence.

Anyone with information can contact officers on 07918 767 901, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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