Clashes between police and pro-Palestine protesters led to seven arrests after a march broke up outside the Israeli Embassy in Kensington.
Thousands of protesters held banners, let off fireworks and chanted in Central London demanding freedom for Palestinians on Saturday (May 22).
A Palestinian flag was also placed at the top of a nearby crane.
Organisers estimated more than 180,000 people gathered at Hyde Park following a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, making it potentially the largest pro-Palestine protest in British history.
But later in the day an isolated group chose to separate from the main event towards the Israeli Embassy.
Outside the embassy protesters burned Israeli flags, lit flares and could be seen to damage a vehicle in front of a heavy police presence.
The Met Police reported that shortly after 7pm a small group left the area and made their way through local streets.
Damage was caused to a passing car and some missiles were thrown at officers. Efforts to engage with the group proved unsuccessful.
In order to prevent a further breach of the peace and to ensure the safety of the wider community, the group was contained by officers and released in a controlled manner with those responsible for offences arrested and the remainder ordered to disperse.
In total seven men were arrested. Suspected offences included racially aggravated public order, homophobic offences, violent disorder and using equipment to steal.
One witness said: “It’s erupted in West London with smoke flares, a car smashed and police moving in.
“Source of the escalation seems to be that the car tried to carry on driving as the crowd moved past and in front of it.”
A large crowd marched from Victoria Embankment through to Hyde Park wearing costumes, masks and face paint with many draped in the Palestinian flag.
Groups of police officers watched on, as people climbed bus stops and lampposts and wrote “Free Palestine” on walls.
Chants of “we are all Palestinians” could be heard as they marched.
One protester, named Muktha Ali, 32, from Harrow told the PA news agency: “I’m here because this is now urgent, the Israeli occupation needs to end now, it’s been long enough.
“Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and children have been bombed and murdered, Palestine has to be free.”
Another, named Jake, said: “I stand in solidarity with Palestinians, and so should everyone, no matter your nationality.
“It’s great to see so many people come out in their thousands to support the cause, we will win, our cause will be heard.”
While largely peaceful, a few could be seen throwing objects at police officers who attempted to split up the march after they reached Hyde Park.
Among the groups in attendance were branches of the National Education Union and the Stop The War Coalition.
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