- Protest at Royal Artillery Memorial
- Police Authority Under Review
- Government Considers Additional Measures
No. 10 stated that it was an “affront” and that it would consider additional measures to enable officers to intervene in the future.
Public Reaction and Policymaker Statements
We think they’re powerful, but I’m sure the public was shocked by what they saw.
A group of pro-Palestinian protesters was captured on camera ascending the Hyde Park Corner monument, erected in remembrance of the tens of thousands of Royal Artillery soldiers slain during World War I.
The Metropolitan Police stated in a statement that although officers arrived promptly, they were “not quick enough to prevent the protesters from entering the memorial.”
Government Officials’ Views and Investigation
When queried about the police reaction to the incident, he stated: “Last night, the officer refrained from enacting a law prohibiting an action or making an arrest, both of which would have been manifestly unlawful.
As usual, officers interfered to deescalate conflict without explicit permission.
Sir Mark declined to comment on a Times article authored by former Home Secretary Suella Braverman, wherein she levied allegations that law enforcement officials “favoured certain individuals” during demonstrations.
According to her, the stern response given to aggressive right-wing protestors was “appropriate,” whereas “pro-Palestinian mobs” were “largely disregarded.”
Government’s Review and Policymaker’s Statement
“War memorials honour the individuals who have given their lives in defence of our nation’s liberty. Therefore, such abhorrent and desolate conduct is extremely, extremely offensive.”
I will determine what additional steps must be taken to enable law enforcement to intervene.
Further measures aimed at bolstering police authority to deal with demonstrators are reportedly under consideration by the government. One such measure is a reduction in the standard at which police may request a prohibition to impede ongoing marches.