Pro-Palestine activists are set to march through the streets of London at the same time the Festival of Remembrance is being held at the Royal Albert Hall next week.
Protesters have descended on the capital in support of Palestine over the past three Saturdays – and this is set to continue on November 11 which is Remembrance Day.
The main Remembrance Day events are taking place on the Sunday, including a parade at the Cenotaph and a service at Westminster Abbey, but the Festival of Remembrance will see two performances at the Royal Albert Hall at 2pm and 7pm on Saturday.
The festival is described as a ‘commemorative event dedicated to all those that have served and sacrificed from Britain and the Commonwealth.’
The Friends of Al-Aqsa have planned a pro-Palestine march through the capital on November 11 – and have hired coaches to take activists from Leicester to London.
Pro-Palestine activists (pictured on Saturday) are set to march through the streets of London at the same time the Festival of Remembrance is being held at the Royal Albert Hall
The Festival of Remembrance will see two performances at the Royal Albert Hall at 2pm and 7pm on Saturday. Pictured: Last year, the Festival of Remembrance paid tribute to the late Queen
Organisers said: ‘At the last march in London on 28th October we made history as half a million people marched in the capital, making it the biggest Palestine demonstration in British history.
‘Let’s see if we can make the 11th November National March even bigger.’
The group plans to leave Leicester at 8.30am but they have not yet confirmed the route that they will take.
The Met Police have said it is aware that this weekend is one of ‘huge national significance’ and they have warned they will use ‘all powers available’ to prevent disruption.
It’s understood that there were actually around 100,000 demonstrators last Saturday, where pro-Palestinian protesters called for an immediate ceasefire in hostilities between Israel and Hamas.
More than 1,000 Metropolitan Police officers were on duty for the march from Victoria Embankment to Parliament Square.
It’s not yet clear if the activists will march the same route but the Met has said protest organisers and officers are in discussions about avoiding the Whitehall area for Remembrance Day.
Pro-Palestinian rallies also took place in other UK cities last Saturday, including Manchester and Glasgow.
While many of the activists have been peaceful, the Met Police have been attempting to clamp down on incidents of anti-Semitism and Home Secretary Suella Braverman described the latest demonstrations as ‘hate marches’.
More than 1,000 Metropolitan Police officers were on duty for the march from Victoria Embankment to Parliament Square. It’s not yet clear if the activists will march the same route
Tens of thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators rally outside Downing Street in support of the Palestinian population of Gaza on October 14
Tens of thousands of protesters march across Westminster Bridge in solidarity with the Palestinian people and to demand an immediate ceasefire to end the war on Gaza on Saturday
But Labour shadow minister Sir Chris Bryant responded on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘Her comments yesterday were absolutely reprehensible. Saying every single person in those marches was involved in a hate march, well that patently isn’t true and it makes it more difficult for police to do their job properly.’
The Met Police said: ‘Officers will be deployed across London on 11 and 12 November as part of a significant policing and security operation.
‘We’re absolutely committed to ensuring the safety and security of anyone attending commemorative events.
‘We know that this year, there are concerns about a demonstration by pro-Palestinian campaigners.
‘The protest organisers have not indicated any plans to protest on Remembrance Sunday.
‘They do intend to hold a significant demonstration on the Saturday but they are engaging with our officers and have said they are willing to avoid the Whitehall area, recognising the sensitivities around the date.
‘This is a weekend with huge national significance. We will use all the powers available to us to ensure anyone intent on disrupting it will not succeed.’
The Met is also preparing for demonstrations this Saturday, including in London’s Trafalgar Square.
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign wrote on X: ‘On Saturday 4 November, join an action in your local area to call for a #CeasefireNOW and build for the next National march on November 11.’
Police have come under fire for not being tougher over some of the chants shouted by protesters, including ‘from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free’, which Ms Braverman described as anti-Semitic.