Pro-Palestinian march on Armistice Day should be BANNED: Colonel Richard Kemp warns there could be ‘violence’

Colonel Richard Kemp and protest outside the Cenotaph

Pro-Palestinian march on Armistice Day should be BANNED as Colonel Kemp warns of ‘violence’

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Keith Bays

By Keith Bays

Published: 07/11/2023

- 15:58

A senior Tory MP told GB News that the protests ‘should not be allowed to happen out of respect’

A pro-Palestine march planned for London on Armistice Day should be banned, according to a retired army officer.

Protesters will start the march at Marble Arch on Saturday and end at the US embassy with organisers saying they want 1 million people to join them in calling for a ceasefire.

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“The Met Police have called on organisers not to do it.

“This is not enough: it should be banned because there is the risk of harassment and violence against those taking part in remembrance events which will be held across London and other cities.

“We have already seen violence and intimidation by anti-Israel protesters against poppy sellers in recent days.”

This was a view shared by Conservative MP and former Deputy Chief Whip Craig Whittaker who told GB News: “The protests this weekend should not be allowed to happen out of respect.


The Cenotaph as pro-Palestine protesters verbally clash with Union flag waversThe Cenotaph as pro-Palestine protesters verbally clash with Union flag waversGBN

“The police and the Government need to make it very clear this will not be tolerated this weekend. I feel we will see civil unrest if they do, and they will lose support.”

Many will observe the two-minute silence in London and across the country at 11am on Saturday, to pay their respects to those who have given their lives since 1914.

However, Mr Kemp had concerns about possible disruption saying: “Those who are commemorated at Remembrance events fought against the kind of violent totalitarian ideology shared by Hamas and its supporters.

“Any disruption of these events by so-called Palestinian supporters is a direct insult to our war dead.

Cenotaph with barriers raised around itFears are rising that the 103-year-old monument could be vandalisedGB News

“It would be deeply upsetting to their families and all those who gather to respect and pay tribute to their sacrifices.”

Other ex-military figures were more supportive of the march and believed that a person’s right to protest must be protected.

Major General Tim Cross told GB News: “Freedom for people to march I think is important, many people will genuinely want to make their voice heard about an issue that they feel strongly about.”

Home Secretary Suella Braverman has labelled the march as a ‘hate march’, fearing that the march could disrupt the two-minute silence being observed to commemorate those who have fallen.

This language did receive criticism from some who fear that this language could potentially make the situation on Saturday much worse.

Former Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Steven Roberts responded to the Home Secretary’s language as “not a helpful contribution”.

However, Colonel Kemp fully supported the Home Secretary’s stance on the matter saying: “The Home Secretary is right to characterise these protests as hate marches.”

“Chanting of ‘jihad’ and ‘from the river to the sea’ are clear indications that the people who make them are not protesting in support of peace but violence against Israel and intimidation of Jews and other supporters of Israel.”

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