Image above: Far-right mob clash with police on Armistice Day; Photograph via X (Twitter)
Chiswick man charged with assaulting an emergency worker
A man from Chiswick has been charged with assault after a mob of far-right protestors descended on the Cenotaph on Armistice Day (Saturday 11 November).
Karl Jordan, 47, of Burlington Lane, was charged with assault on an emergency worker. He has been bailed to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 30 November.
Officers made a total of 145 arrests during the pro-Palestinian demonstration and counter protest by far-right groups for offences including assault, possession of weapons, criminal damage, public order, inciting racial hatred and possession of drugs.
Videos posted on X, formerly Twitter, by anti-fascist campaigner Nick Lowles, showed scores of far-right thugs charging towards the Cenotaph. A later video showed dozens of men being questioned and searched by police, during which one man had a small plastic bag, of what appeared to be cocaine, confiscated by officers.
Later in the day, during the pro-Palestine march, a crowd estimated as between 300,000 and 800,000 people marched from Marble Arch to the US embassy calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. While the vast majority of those marching were peaceful protestors, several videos were recorded of behaviour which may constitute a hate crime, and the Met are still appealing for information to support a number of ongoing enquiries.
The charges so far follow investigations led by detectives from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command and the Public Order Crime Team.
Key events of Armistice Day
— Nick Lowles (@lowles_nick) November 11, 2023
Above: Tweet showing far-right mob storming towards the Cenotaph
These officers are deployed in central London today to keep people safe.
They were met with violence and abuse by counter protestors who threw bottles and other missiles at them.
We will respond robustly to unacceptable aggression and disorder. pic.twitter.com/RtthaAHYYD
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) November 11, 2023
Above: Far-right mob clashes with police
This bloke was captured by Sky News having quite the scrap at the Cenotaph. Wonder where he got the energy?!
— Nick Hilton (@nickfthilton) November 11, 2023
Above: Tweet thread showing far-right counter-protestor confronted with what appears to be drugs and an earlier video which appears to show him clashing with police earlier in the day
APPEAL: Officers leading a hate crime investigation following yesterday's pro-Palestinian demonstration want to identify this man.
If you can help, please call 101 providing the reference 5122643/23. pic.twitter.com/X94ucUGhNE
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) November 12, 2023
Above: Appeal by Met Police to identify a man in connection with a hate crime investigation
Met urge those with information to come forward
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor, who led Saturday’s policing operation said:
“Public order policing doesn’t end when demonstrators go home. We have teams of officers who continue to build cases against those in custody and launch investigations into those who come to our attention when images and videos are shared on social media.
“Since the end of yesterday’s demonstration we’ve published appeals in relation to six incidents and I have no doubt there will be more to follow. Our colleagues at the British Transport Police have published a further two appeals.
“We urge anyone who has information about the identity of suspects, or who has footage or photos of further potential offences, to get in touch so we can take the appropriate action.”