• Saturday, June 15, 2024

Police probe fake London mayor video on pro-Palestinian marches

FILE PHOTO: London Mayor Sadiq Khan during a ceremony at Piccadilly Circus on the eve of the first day of Ramadan, in London, Britain March 21, 2023. March 21 2023. Anna Gordon/REUTERS/File Photo

By: Chandrashekar Bhat

A POST shared on social media purporting to show the mayor of London saying pro-Palestinian marches should take priority over Armistice Day events is fake and police are investigating, a spokesman for the mayor said.

The social media clip could further inflame tensions in the capital, in light of a large pro-Palestinian march planned to coincide with the anniversary of the end of World War One.

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has called the march “provocative”.

There are fears there could be violent confrontations as far-right groups have indicated they will protect the Cenotaph war memorial on Saturday (11), Armistice Day.

A spokesperson for London Mayor Sadiq Khan said of the social media post: “The Met and their counter terror experts are aware of this fake video that is being circulated and amplified on social media by far-right groups, and are actively investigating.”

The Met did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Saturday’s pro-Palestinian march has prompted a political row after home secretary Suella Braverman published an article attacking the police’s handling of it.

(Agencies)

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