London was a riot
This Saturday saw protests take place around the world in protest at the war in Gaza. In London, a demonstration including a lively anarchist bloc marched through the city, clashing with police outside the Israeli embassy. Intermittent clashes – including a number of baton charges and other aggressive means of crowd control, which met resistance from protestors – came to a head near the Israeli embassy. Police were fought into a sidestreet and blockaded while shops – particularly a Starbucks – were attacked. A timeline, with links to photos and further reports, can be found here, while The Commune gives a more in-depth analysis of events.
While reported as an act of random violence, Starbucks’ owner is fervently pro-Israeli and has used his company to promote his views (info).
Elsewhere in London the premises of Ahava, a beauty products chain selling products sources from Israeli settlements in the West Bank, were occupied.