Po­lice crack down on Hezbol­lah flags

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEE HARPIN

METROPOLI­TAN PO­LICE of­fi­cers threat­ened to ar­rest pro­test­ers dis­play­ing the flag of ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion Hezbol­lah at an anti-Bal­four march in cen­tral Lon­don.

Or­gan­is­ers of the Make It Right For Pales­tine rally told pro­test­ers at the start of Satur­day’s demon­stra­tion in Grosvenor Square: “Please, no one fly the Hezbol­lah flag. We have promised the po­lice that no one will fly a Hezbol­lah flag.”

The JC has been told that the Metropoli­tan Po­lice of­fi­cers had ear­lier made Last Satur­day’s anti-Bal­four protest it known that they would ar­rest any­one fly­ing the Le­banese-based ter­ror group’s flag, which fea­tures a raised fist clasp­ing a ma­chine gun.

In June, marchers at the an­nual AlQuds Day protest in Lon­don ex­ploited a le­gal loop­hole to wave Hezbol­lah flags.

While the mil­i­tary wing of the Shi’a Is­lamist group is banned, its po­lit­i­cal wing is not, al­low­ing marchers to claim they were sup­port­ing the un­pro­scribed sec­tion.

Po­lice es­ti­mated that around 3,000 peo­ple turned up for Satur­day’s march and there ap­peared to be no in­stance of the flag be­ing raised.

PHOTO: PA

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