Birmingham news Police statement after Free Palestine protesters marched through Bullring MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - West Midlands Police said they did not grant permission for protesters to enter the Bullring shopping centre for the peaceful march
Breaking News ! Scores of Free Palestine protesters marched through the Bullring shopping centre yesterday - prompting West Midlands Police to issue a statement over the demo. Hundreds of people had taken part in a solidarity march through the city centre in support of the Palestinians after an increase in violence in Israel. Some of the protesters chanting their support and waving the Palestine flag were later captured on video entering the shopping centre on Saturday afternoon. One protester said police officers allowed them permission to protest inside the Bullring - a claim later denied by the West Midlands force. He told BirminghamLive: "We had police men and women present who allowed us to do this. We ensured protocol was followed and that police permission was provided." Read More Related Articles Palestine protesters storm the Bullring on Saturday afternoon Read More Related Articles Hundreds of protesters at Free Palestine solidarity march in city centre But West Midlands Police said they did not grant permission and said the protest had moved onto private property. The force added that "despite their best efforts" officers have been unable to engage with any event organisers. Today, Sunday, May 16, a police spokesperson told BirminghamLive: "A number of protests have taken place over the last few days in Birmingham. "Unfortunately, despite our best efforts we were unable to engage with any event organisers.
. "We did not grant permission to protesters at the Bullring, nor is it within our powers to do so as it is private property.
The Free Palestine demonstration where demonstrators led a slow march through Queensway Tunnel
"We liaised with staff at the Bullring and had protest liaison officers and local neighbourhood officers in the city throughout the day to ensure public safety. "The protesters dispersed from the area of their own accord, no arrests were made." BirminghamLive has approached the Bullring for comment. The solidarity march had followed protesters' "go-slow" drive event on Friday afternoon. That event caused gridlock around the A38 and the Queensway Tunnel.
The protests in Birmingham over the weekend was one of many taking place across the UK as people show support with Palestine. Other demonstrations have also been held in Coventry, London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Bristol. The latest protests in the city follow the demonstrations in the city centre last weekend and on Tuesday evening.
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