Fear as one million pro-Palestine protesters could disrupt Remembrance Day threatening to break the 11am silence

Friday 3 November 2023

A pro-Palestine march is set to go ahead on Armistice Day after campaign organisers called on activists to congregate nationwide on 11 November.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) announced its plans to carry out the 'Million March for Palestine' on 11 November, potentially disrupting the traditional two minute silence being held at 11am.

In a statement post on social media, PSC said: “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.”

Locations were named across the country for activists to meet on 4 November by the pro-Palestine campaign, eight of which in London.

PSC named locations across the country for activists to meet on 4 November

The post was been met significant backlash with social media users suggesting the group are "inflaming tensions unnecessarily".

One person commented: "It’s disgraceful. Asking for trouble. Day picked precisely to antagonise."

Another added: "It’s disgusting. So disrespectful of the people killed in the war. It won’t make the slightest difference to the events in the Middle East either!"

Fears are circulating that the march could disrupt the two-minute silence and the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as spilling over to Remembrance Sunday.

However, the Met said protest groups have not indicated formal plans to do so at this stage.

The security minister Tom Tugendhat said a pro-Palestine protest taking place in central London on Remembrance Sunday would not be appropriate, urging the Mayor of London, Westminster Council, and the Met Police to do what they can to control the demonstration.

Mr Tugendhat told BBC Breakfast: “Let’s be clear, the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign has said that they want to march on Remembrance Sunday, and that is a matter of great concern to me.

“It is a moment where we remember those we lost, and I think for the whole country the cenotaph is sacred ground and the idea that on a day like Remembrance Day you would have a protest going past it, I don’t think that is acceptable.

“That is why I have written to the Mayor of London, and to Westminster Council, and to the Metropolitan Police asking them to look very carefully at the powers that they have and to consider what options they have available, because personally I don’t think this is an appropriate moment for a protest.”

The upcoming protest has been called in response to Israel's ground invasion in Gaza, as its ongoing retaliation against Hamas’ deadly raids three weeks ago that left 1,400 people, mainly civilians, dead.

This comes following 100,000 pro-Palestine protestors took to the streets of central London demanding a Israel-Hamas ceasefire.

However, Hamas has given no indication it “desires or would abide by calls for a ceasefire”, according to the Foreign Secretary James Cleverly.