Now Braverman praises ‘brave’ police – but says ‘streets are being polluted by hate’

Suella Braverman has doubled down on her assaults on pro-Palestine protesters, claiming that the streets of London are “polluted by hate, violence, and antisemitism”.

The house secretary condemned violence towards police on Armistice Day as “outrageous”, regardless of having been blamed for whipping up the far-right mob that descended on London on Saturday.

She refused to again down in her criticism of protesters, attacking what she known as “sick, inflammatory and, in some instances, clearly legal chants” on the pro-Palestine march, including: “This will’t go on.”

However she backtracked on her accusations of police bias to thank the “courageous” officers who confronted violence on Saturday – with out acknowledging that the overwhelming majority of the 145 arrests had been of far-right activists.

“Members of the general public are being mobbed and intimidated. Jewish individuals particularly really feel threatened. Additional motion is important,” Ms Braverman wrote in a press release on X, previously Twitter.

Her dramatic U-turn from criticism to reward for the police got here days after she had accused Scotland Yard of “taking part in favourites” with its refusal to ban the rally.

Suella Braverman thanked police who confronted violence on Saturday (PA Wire)

The under-fire dwelling secretary was repeatedly warned that she risked inflaming tensions and undermining the police along with her feedback, and on Saturday night time, Met assistant commissioner Matt Twist mentioned her feedback had “elevated neighborhood tensions” and contributed to the violence.

In a press release on Sunday night time, Ms Braverman praised police for working “within the face of violence and aggression from protesters and counter-protesters in London yesterday”, including that the truth that 9 officers had been injured within the line of responsibility was an “outrage”.

Her feedback got here hours after Rishi Sunak was attacked for his “surprising” failure to thank officers for his or her work defending the Cenotaph and making certain that demonstrations may go forward safely on Armistice Day.

Shadow dwelling secretary Yvette Cooper mentioned it was “actually necessary” that the prime minister thanked officers who had missiles thrown at them in a collection of violent clashes with demonstrators linked to the English Defence League (EDL) and different right-wing teams.

Far-right protesters clash with police on Saturday (PA)

Far-right protesters conflict with police on Saturday (PA)

In assertion issued after the protests, Mr Sunak condemned what he described as “violent, wholly unacceptable scenes from the EDL and related teams”.

He additionally criticised “Hamas sympathisers” on the pro-Palestine march and mentioned “the despicable actions of a minority of individuals undermine those that have chosen to precise their views peacefully”. However he didn’t thank the police.

Requested concerning the matter on Sky Information on Sunday, Ms Cooper mentioned: “To be sincere, I used to be simply shocked that there wasn’t a phrase of thanks for the police within the assertion.

“We noticed police underneath assault, having missiles thrown at them, and having to cope with individuals attempting to climb over fences [and] climbing onto partitions to try to get to the Cenotaph.

“The police made positive that they didn’t, and we must always thank them for that.”

Ms Cooper pointed to the incendiary article by the house secretary final week during which she claimed that officers “play favourites” of their strategy to pro-Palestinian protesters.

The shadow dwelling secretary mentioned Ms Braverman’s feedback had been “appalling and unprecedented”.

Police made over 145 arrests at the pro-Palestine protest and among counter-protesters (PA)

Police revamped 145 arrests on the pro-Palestine protest and amongst counter-protesters (PA)

“I’ve by no means seen any dwelling secretary do what Suella Braverman did, and there may be good cause for that – the occasions that we noticed yesterday across the Armistice [Day commemorations].”

Requested about Mr Sunak’s failure to thank the police for shielding the Cenotaph, defence secretary Grant Shapps accused critics of “poring over each single phrase”.

“In fact the prime minister is grateful to the police; all of us are … it goes virtually with out saying, however I’m positive he’ll say it in particular person,” Mr Shapps mentioned.

Assistant Commissioner Twist mentioned on Saturday that counter-demonstrators had arrived within the capital early and “appeared intent on confrontation and intent on violence”.

“There are a selection of teams inside this counter-protest who’re cut up off and appear intent on in search of confrontation with the principle Palestinian march, and the policing operation in the mean time is being efficient in stopping that taking place,” he mentioned.

The drive condemned the violence confronted by officers as they tried to stop disruption to a Remembrance occasion on the Cenotaph later within the afternoon.

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