The London Metropolitan Police have been accused of racism as pro-Palestine protests escalate, prompting calls for the Prime Minister to fire the Home Secretary.
As pro-Palestine rallies gathered traction this week, British Home Secretary Suella Braverman accused the London Metropolitan Police of racism. The unprecedented claim came as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak faced mounting pressure to remove the contentious lawmaker. Since the conflict began more than a month ago, similar protests have taken place every weekend in London and other British cities.
“Unfortunately, there is a widespread belief that top police officers support demonstrators… Right-wing and nationalist protestors who participate in aggressive activity should be dealt with harshly, but pro-Palestinian crowds that exhibit very comparable behaviour are mostly overlooked, even when blatantly breaching the law? I have spoken to serving and past police officers who have recognised this double standard,” Braverman said in an essay for ‘The Times’.
“Right-wing and nationalist protesters who engage in aggression are rightly met with a stern response yet pro-Palestinian mobs displaying almost identical behaviour are largely ignored, even when clearly breaking the law,” Braverman said.
“The content was not agreed upon with Number 10,” Sunak’s spokesperson told reporters on Thursday.
Downing Street, the Prime Minister’s office, is currently looking into how her views were released without their permission. According to an AFP report citing sources close to the situation, the speech was delivered to Sunak’s office. Changes requested by the PM’s staff, however, were not adopted.
According to sources close to the situation, the speech was delivered to Sunak’s office, who requested adjustments that were not done.
Braverman sparked controversy earlier this week when he claimed that some individuals were homeless as a “lifestyle choice.”