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Transport Secretary issues statement on protests at London stations

The Met police and British Transport Police are preparing for a major policing operation in London this weekend, with almost 2,000 officers on duty for both Remembrance events and a significant pro-Palestinian protest, expected to be one of the largest in British history.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters are expected with concerns about escalating tensions and potential disruptions leading to a doubling of officers on duty.

The police will use extensive powers to prevent any disruption to remembrance events, and specific measures, such as an exclusion zone around key locations, have been implemented to manage the pro-Palestinian demonstration.

Additionally, efforts are in place to address safety concerns for poppy sellers and potential car convoys with anti-Semitic sentiments traveling to London. The police aim to maintain order and ensure the safety of communities amidst ongoing uncertainty and tension.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper said:
“Armistice Day is a moment of solemn national reflection in remembrance of those who have given their lives in service of our country. It’s important that people can use our rail network to safely travel, free from intimidation.

“That’s why I have granted consent for the British Transport Police to make orders under Section 14A of the Public Order Act 1986 prohibiting planned protests at various London stations today, meaning anyone taking part will be subject to arrest.

“I will always back the British Transport Police to use their powers to keep people safe and I am grateful to their officers, especially those who are on duty today.

“While the right to peaceful protest is a key part of our democratic society, it cannot be at the expense of other people’s right not to be seriously disrupted or intimidated.”