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.

Further afield, protests took place in Brighton, Bristol,Edinburgh, Lancaster and Wrexham, and other cities around the world.

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