Po­lice ap­peal for help in pro­tes­tor hunt

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY LEON SY­MONS

METROPOLI­TAN PO­LICE de­tec­tives in­ves­ti­gat­ing at­tacks on po­lice and prop­erty dur­ing two of the an­tiIs­rael demon­stra­tions at the start of the month have ap­pealed for help in trac­ing six men.

They are among 40 peo­ple who took part in demon­stra­tions in cen­tral Lon­don on Jan­uary 3 and 10 whom of­fi­cers from the Met’s Op­er­a­tion Ute want to in­ter­view.

Fifty-five po­lice of­fi­cers were in­jured, in­clud­ing one knocked un­con­scious af- ter be­ing hit by a metal bar. Com­man­der Bob Broad­hurst, in charge of pub­lic or­der polic­ing, said: “The Met will al­ways fa­cil­i­tate law­ful protest. How­ever, what we have wit­nessed and what our of­fi­cers have been sub­jected to was not and can­not be de­scribed as law­ful protest. A small mi­nor­ity of peo­ple set out that day, not to air their views, but to fight with po­lice.

“I have no doubt that a small hard­core acted as an­tag­o­nists dur­ing both demon­stra­tions stir­ring up oth­ers within the crowd.

“We know that a num­ber of re­spon­si­ble demon­stra­tors worked hard to try to keep the hard­core calm, plac­ing them­selves in dan­ger.

“The Met will not tol­er­ate at­tacks on of­fi­cers un­der the guise of protest. Our right to protest is an im­por­tant one and should never be un­der­mined by thugs and louts who sim­ply want to cause trou­ble.”

Have you seen them? Po­lice pic­tures of those of­fi­cers want to speak to

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