Thousands of protesters gather to support Palestine and the BLM in London
The event, hosted by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), saw large crowds block traffic near Victoria Embankment on Saturday afternoon.
Holding banners, placards and flags, protesters let out green and red smoke and chanted, blocking traffic as they marched.
Some protesters could be seen wearing costumes, masks and make-up, while others were draped in the Palestinian flag.
A Met Police spokesperson said there were seven arrests that day, including one public order offense aggravated by race and one homophobic public order offense.
Three of the arrests were for violent disorder. All those arrested were men and they were all taken into custody.
Chief Superintendent Andy Walker said the main event proceeded “safely and without incident”.
He added: “We reacted quickly to the decision of a small group to break away from the main protest and where violations were identified, arrests were made.
“As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, we still seek the right balance between the rights of protesters and the need to keep Londoners safe and prevent a resurgence of the virus. I am grateful to the majority of those who attended this event and to our officers for helping to achieve these goals today. “
Chants of “We are all Palestinians” could be heard during the march.
As the crowd reached Downing Street, chants of “Boris Johnson, shame on you” rang out.
A temporary stage has been set up in Hyde Park where a number of speeches will be delivered this afternoon.
In a tweet, the PSC said, “Join us in standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people and calling on the government to take action against Israel’s brutal Intl violations. law.”
At the rally, people waved Palestinian flags, waved banners and chanted as they began their march towards Hyde Park.
The ceasefire began on Friday, ending 11 days of fighting that left more than 250 dead, most in Gaza.
Israel and Hamas both won in the recent conflict.
During the protest, former Labor shadow chancellor John McDonnell said: “Yes, a ceasefire has been negotiated and we welcome a ceasefire.
“But let’s be clear, there will be no ceasefire in our campaign to boycott, divest and sanction the Israeli apartheid state.
“The message is clear, we will not end our solidarity campaign until there is justice.
“So let’s be clear, no justice, no peace.”
It comes as other protests take place in the capital, including an anti-racist protest to commemorate George Floyd, who died almost a year ago.
A dozen Stand Up To Racism activists held signs and chanted outside the United States Embassy in Nine Elms on Saturday morning.
Police officers watched as protesters unveil banners that read “Black Lives Matter”.
Activists chanted ‘No justice, no peace, no racist police’ before a number of speeches were made on the ‘systemic racism that exists in the UK’.
Elizabeth Adofo, an organizer of the protest, said: “We are here today to mark one year since the murder of George Floyd by racist police officers.
“And it’s been a year since everyone across the world demonstrated in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
“We’re here to say it’s still important, even after the cameras are turned off, even after the big crowds on the streets, it’s still important to get this message out.
“It doesn’t matter that Derek Chauvin was convicted, it’s a bit of justice of what he really deserves.
Protests are taking place in Manchester, London, Glasgow and Swansea.
They will be followed by an online rally that will include speeches from university professors, lawyers, racial equality campaign groups and former shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott MP.
Animal Rebellion, which claims the action will impact around 1,300 restaurants, is using trucks and bamboo structures at distribution sites in Hemel Hempstead, Basingstoke, Coventry and Heywood in Greater Manchester to prevent trucks from leave the depots.
The organization said it intended to stay at the sites for at least 24 hours, causing “significant disruption” to McDonald’s supply chain.
A McDonald’s spokesperson said, “Our distribution centers are currently facing disruption.
“We are evaluating the impact on deliveries to our restaurants and on menu items.
“We apologize to our customers for any disappointment caused.”