World news Embassy 13 Nov/Dec 2008
Anti-war protesters target embassy
The Israeli Embassy in London has become the target of several protests against the country’s attacks on the Gaza Strip with demonstrators threatening to continue their vigil as long as the ground offensive in the Palestinian territory continues.
There were violent scenes outside the Embassy on Saturday night when around 200 riot police clashed with angry protestors as they attempted to storm the Embassy. Police said 15 arrests were made.
Earlier in the day, more than 12,000 protestors including high profile anti-war campaigners Tony Benn, former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, singer Annie Lennox, activist Bianca Jagger, musician Brian Eno and George Galloway MP - marched through London, converging on Trafalgar Square.
A splinter group of about 5,000 protesters then marched through the city and converged on the Israeli Embassy. As evening fell, the protest turned violent as a small hardcore group of demonstrators hurled bottles and fireworks at the riot police. One group of demonstrators set fire to an Israeli flag while other protesters attempted to scale barriers protecting the embassy building.
Demonstrators gathered outside the Embassy again on Sunday, monitored by about 60 police officers, but the rally passed off peacefully.
Meanwhile, more than 100 protesters gathered outside the Egyptian Embassy in London on Friday demanding that the country opens its border with Gaza.