Pro-Palestine protests are turning violent across Europe

Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters in major European cities protested the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, with at least 29 people arrested in London, England.

Pro-Palestinian protesters in cities across Europe rallied and called for a ceasefire, chanting “Stop the slaughter in Gaza” and “Cease fire now”.

About 9,900 people have been killed in the war on both sides, including at least 1,400 Israeli civilians and soldiers and 35 Americans.


London, England

A protester holds up an effigy of a dead baby

A protester holds an effigy of a dead baby at a rally in Trafalgar Square, London, during the Stop the War coalition’s call for a ceasefire in Palestine. Photo date: Saturday, November 4, 2023. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images) (Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)

At least 29 protesters in London, England, were arrested Saturday afternoon, London’s Metropolitan Police said.

“Today, a total of 29 arrests have been made for offences, including inciting racial hatred and racially aggravated public order,” the Metropolitan Police said on X, formerly known as Twitter.

London police said two of the people were arrested for writing on a banner displayed during the demonstration. Another man was arrested for making anti-Semitic comments during a speech, police said.

Police said one person was arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred and three people were arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

London police shared an image of hundreds of protesters around the city’s famous Trafalgar Square.

Social media footage from Trafalgar Square showed protesters throwing fireworks at a police barricade, with red sparks from the fireworks shooting towards a gathering of police.

In an earlier post, police said they had arrested three people at Piccadilly Circus, including one charged with terrorism for putting up placards that could incite hatred.

Berlin, Germany

A man participates in a pro-Palestinian rally, holding a colored smoke bomb

People gather to take part in a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, November 4, 2023. (Joerg Carstensen/dpa via AP)

In Berlin, around 1,000 police were deployed to maintain order after previous pro-Palestinian protests turned violent.


German news agency DPA reported that around 6,000 protesters marched through the center of the German capital.

Berlin police have previously banned any public or written statements that are anti-Semitic, anti-Israel or glorify violence or terror.

Paris, France

Protesters wave Palestinian flags

Demonstrators wave Palestinian flags during a demonstration in support of the Palestinian people in Gaza, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, in Paris. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)

A fake child's body

The body of a virtual child is carried during a demonstration in support of the Palestinian people in Gaza, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, in Paris. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)

In Paris, protesters gathered on Saturday calling for a ceasefire with signs reading “Stop the cycle of violence” and “To do nothing, to say nothing is to be complicit.”

Other protesters chanted “Palestine will live, Palestine will win” and “Stop the slaughter in Gaza”.


French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin had previously banned pro-Palestinian rallies due to concerns about public disorder.

However, the Paris police chief approved the march from République to Nation, two major squares in eastern Paris, but stipulated that any behavior deemed anti-Semitic or sympathetic to terrorism would not be tolerated.

Bucharest, Romania

A participant waves a Palestinian flag

A participant waves a Palestinian flag during a solidarity march with the Palestinians in downtown Bucharest, Romania on November 4, 2023. (DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP via Getty Images)

A woman holds one "Free Palestine" mark

A woman holds a ‘Free Palestine’ sign in downtown Bucharest, Romania on November 4, 2023. (DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP via Getty Images)

In the Romanian capital, hundreds gathered in Bucharest, many waving Palestinian flags and chanting “Save the children of Gaza”.

Others held signs reading “Free Palestine.”

Malmö, Sweden

Social media video from Malmö, Sweden shows a man holding a small Israeli flag and lighting it on fire, before throwing it to the ground.

The flag burner was seen next to a small group of protesters gathered outside a synagogue waving Palestinian flags.


Some of the protesters chanted “Free, free Palestine” repeatedly.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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