Palestine protest sparks fury after Cenotaph in London hijacked by activists: 'A damn disgrace!'

 A protester mounts a traffic light outside Downing Street

A protester mounts a traffic light outside Downing Street

Jack Walters

By Jack Walters

Published: 16/10/2023

- 13:06

Updated: 16/10/2023

- 16:38

Two Tory MPs have approached Security Minister Tom Tugendhat to investigate the protest on Whitehall

A pro-Palestine protest has sparked fury after the Cenotaph was hijacked by activists over the weekend.

Demonstrations have taken place across the country as the war between Israel and Hamas rages on.

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The monument, erected on Remembrance Day in 1920, commemorates the “glorious dead” who sacrificed their lives fighting in both World Wars.

Former Ukip MEP Patrick O’Flynn said: “It's been obvious since the BLM summer of 2020 that our most cherished national monuments are not safe under the leftist London mayoral regime.

“Tories with a big Commons majority have done nothing about this re switching powers on this stuff back to national level. Very poor show.”

Nile Gardiner, an ex-aide to Margaret Thatcher, added: “The Cenotaph is the UK's most sacred war memorial, remembering all who died defending the British people and the British Empire in two world wars.


A general view of the annual National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph

A general view of the annual National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph


“The Britain-hating Islamists supporting Hamas terror have no right to be anywhere near this sacred ground.”

GB News commentator Darren Grimes also said: “This is a damn disgrace. A pro-Palestinian platform next to the Cenotaph, the focus of our nation’s remembrance, commemorating those who fought and died to liberate a continent.

“Who would possibly approve such a thing? Is this what Sadiq Khan’s London looks like? It’s appalling.”

It has since emerged that Security Minister Tom Tugendhat has been asked to investigate a major security breach after pro-Palestinian protesters were allowed to set up a protest camp without permission in the middle of Whitehall.

Cities of London & Westminster MP Nickie Aiken and Bassetlaw MP Brendan Clarke-Smith have been in touch with Tugendhat to get answers.

Tom Tugendhat

Tom Tugendhat


The protests come after Hamas launched an unprecedented attack against Israel on October 7 which resulted in 1,300 deaths and almost 200 Israelis being taken hostage.

The Cenotaph was the scene of another protest during the height of the Black Lives Matter movement.

A 19-year-old man was filmed attempting to torch the Union Jack before being coaxed down by police and arrested.

Rishi Sunak has vowed to do “everything in our power” to keep the Jewish community safe following a spate of antisemitic incidents.

The Prime Minister said: "I'm determined to ensure that our Jewish community is able to feel safe on our streets, that there is no place in our society for antisemitism and we will do everything we can to stamp it out and where it happens."

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