Pro-Palestinian protesters try to storm McDonald's in Manchester as police move in to arrest demonstrators at London Waterloo while others chant at Downing Street
by: Hani Kamal El-Din
Pro-Palestine protesters have been pictured clashing with police outside a Manchester branch of McDonald’s as Saturday’s nationwide ‘day of action’ threatened to turn ugly.
Photographs from Manchester showed a line of police officers standing outside the fast food restaurant in Oxford Street as a group of men, some wearing Palestinian keffiyeh scarves, held up a Palestine flag and pushed up against the officers.
British Transport Police officers arrested at least five people at a sit-in at London Waterloo after they refused to leave the station despite an order banning public assemblies being enacted.
The Metropolitan Police shared a CCTV image of protesters gathered on Whitehall opposite the entrance to the prime minister’s official residence in one of more than 100 demos taking place across the country today.
At Waterloo, the British Transport Police confirmed it had arrested five protesters before dispersing the sit-in to outside the station.
‘A large number of police officers remain in attendance to maintain order,’ a statement added.
The Met Police said those dispersed from the station made their way to Westminster Bridge where they ‘sat in the road’, before moving when officers approached to Parliament Square.
The force added the group ‘is a mix of pro-Palestinian protesters and JSO activists’, saying it had arrest one ‘prominent’ Just Stop Oil member.