Far-right supporters of the English Defence League were today involved in a standoff with pro-Palestinian demonstrators in central London.
There were several brief confrontations as EDL activists chanted “We hate Muslims” and “Muslim bombers off our streets”. Hundreds of police officers kept the two sides apart as the march made its way to the Mall. Scotland Yard said there were no arrests. Around 30 police officers in fluorescent yellow jackets walked ahead of the procession as it snaked along Park Lane. Meanwhile, a long line of officers accompanied the crowd, which filled two lanes of the road. Cars queued, with traffic limited to one lane. Pro-Palestinian protesters held up banners with slogans including ‘Justice for the murdered children of Gaza’, ‘We are all Palestinians’, ‘Boycott Israel’ and ‘Judaism rejects the Zionist state’. People from a number of organisations and groups, both Muslim and non-Muslim, joined the demonstration, held during Ramadan every year.
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