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MET POLICE RELEASE DETAILS OF OPERATION ACROSS REMEMBRANCE WEEKEND

Over 2,000 officers from the Metropolitan Police and other UK forces will be on duty as part of a ‘significant’ operation taking place across Remembrance Weekend.

The Met will cover both Armistice and Remembrance events as well as a march by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman has criticised the Met for its decision to allow the pro-Palestine protests to go ahead.

Rishi Sunak has said that he will hold the Met commissioner accountable for allowing the demonstrations to go ahead.

“This weekend is one of national significance and importance,” said a Met Police spokesperson. “The ceremonial events taking place will draw thousands as the country reflects and pays its respects.

Each year we deliver a huge security operation across Remembrance weekend, but this year’s is far greater and more complex than we’ve delivered before.

“The plan covers both Armistice and Remembrance events as well as a significant march by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

“We know the cumulative impact continued protest, increasing tensions, and rising hate crimes are having across London and the fear and anxiety our Jewish communities in particular are feeling.

“They have a right to feel safe in their city, knowing they can travel across London without feeling afraid of intimidation or harassment.

“Recognising the concern across London, the scale of the policing operation in place represents a doubling of the number of officers on duty for the weekend’s events.

“On Saturday 1,850 will be on duty and 1,375 on Sunday. We’ll be using an extensive set of powers to prevent any disruption whatsoever to remembrance events, policing the demonstration as it passes through parts of the capital, while protecting our communities from those intent on inciting hate, violence and disorder.

“The powers we’ve put in place enable us to more quickly and robustly identify and arrest those seeking to use these events to commit crime or cause disorder.

“During protests since the attacks on 7th October we’ve seen small groups break away from planned events.

“Their behaviour has been escalating and becoming more violent and distressing to the public. Over the last four major events we have made more than 100 arrests for offences including supporting proscribed organisations and serious hate crime.

“Each week we’ve developed our tactics to more quickly deal with anyone committing crime locally in our communities and at significant events.

“Our operation covers every element of this weekend and will continue to develop as we gather intelligence and learn of new issues.

“This week concerns have been raised about the safety of poppy sellers at stations and other busy venues. Alongside our colleagues at the British Transport Police we have been clear no intimidation of those who so generously give up their time for this treasured national cause will be tolerated.

“Officers know the risk felt by sellers and should be sought out by anyone concerned throughout the weekend.

“While this operation is delivered in central London, officers will remain out across the capital recognising the real and damaging impact the ongoing conflict in the Middle East continues to have on communities here in London.

“Officers will be visiting busy areas and locations of significance, and providing support and reassurance to those we know are greatly concerned about travelling to places of worship at this time of great uncertainty and tension.”

Exclusion zones have been set up around the Cenotaph, Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade, Westminster Abbey’s Field of Remembrance and other areas.

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