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Pro-Palestinian protests turn violent across Europe

Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators in major European cities have protested the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas, and at least 29 people have been arrested in London, England.

Pro-Palestinian protesters in cities across Europe rallied and called for a ceasefire, chanting “Stop the massacre in Gaza” and “Cease the fire now.”

At least 9,900 people have been killed in the war on both sides, including at least 1,400 Israeli civilians and soldiers and 35 Americans.


London, England

A protester holds an effigy of a dead baby during a rally in Trafalgar Square, London, during the Stop the War coalition’s call for a ceasefire in Palestine. Picture date: Saturday November 4, 2023. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images) (Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)

At least 29 protesters in London, England, were arrested on Saturday afternoon, the London Metropolitan Police said.

“Today a total of 29 arrests were made for offenses including inciting racial hatred and racially aggravating public order,” the Metropolitan Police said on X, formerly known under the name Twitter.

London police said two of the people were arrested for writing on a banner displayed at the protest. Another man was arrested for making anti-Semitic remarks during a speech, police said.

Police said one person was arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred and three people were arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

London Police have shared an image of what appears to be hundreds of protesters surrounding the city’s famous Trafalgar Square.

Social media footage from Trafalgar Square showed protesters throwing fireworks towards a police barricade, with red sparks coming from the fireworks shooting towards a gathering of police officers.

In a previous article, police said they arrested three people in Piccadilly Circus, including one on terrorism charges, for holding up a sign that could incite hatred.

Berlin, Germany

A man takes part in a pro-Palestinian rally and holds a colorful smoke bomb

People gather to participate in a pro-Palestinian rally in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, November 4, 2023. (Joerg Carstensen/dpa via AP)

In Berlin, around 1,000 police officers were deployed to maintain order after previous pro-Palestinian protests turned violent.


German news agency DPA reported that around 6,000 protesters marched through the center of the German capital.

Berlin police had previously banned any type of public or written statement that was anti-Semitic, anti-Israeli or glorifying violence or terror.

Paris, France

Protesters wave Palestinian flags

Protesters wave Palestinian flags during a demonstration in support of the Palestinian people in Gaza, Saturday November 4, 2023 in Paris. (AP Photo/Aurélien Morissard)

The body of a fake child

The body of a fake child is carried during a demonstration in support of the Palestinian people in Gaza, Saturday November 4, 2023 in Paris. (AP Photo/Aurélien Morissard)

In Paris, demonstrators gathered Saturday to demand a ceasefire with signs reading “Stop the cycle of violence” and “Do nothing, say nothing is being complicit.”

Other demonstrators chanted: “Palestine will live, Palestine will win” and “Stop the massacre in Gaza.”


French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin previously banned pro-Palestinian rallies due to concerns about public disorder.

The Paris police chief, however, authorized the march from République to Nation, two large squares in eastern Paris, but stipulated that any behavior deemed anti-Semitic or sympathetic to terrorism would not be tolerated.

Bucharest, Romania

A participant waves a Palestinian flag

A participant waves a Palestinian flag during a solidarity march with the Palestinians, in downtown Bucharest, Romania, November 4, 2023. (DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP via Getty Images)

A woman holds a "Free Palestine" sign

A woman holds a “Free Palestine” in downtown Bucharest, Romania, November 4, 2023. (DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP via Getty Images)

In the Romanian capital, hundreds of people gathered in Bucharest, many waving Palestinian flags and chanting “Save the children of Gaza.”

Others held signs reading “Free Palestine.”

Malmo, Sweden

A video on social media from Malmö, Sweden, shows a man holding a small Israeli flag and lighting it on fire, before throwing it to the ground.

The flag burner was seen alongside a small group of protesters gathered outside a synagogue waving Palestinian flags.


Some demonstrators repeatedly shouted: “Free Palestine, free.”

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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