POLITICS

How Britain’s Home Secretary Incited Violence Against the Police

She whipped up the Far-Right into a frenzy against the Palestinian cause. The result? They descended on the capital brainwashed, angry, and violent

Sikander Hayat Khan
Rome Magazine
Published in
5 min readDec 2, 2023

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It was Saturday, November 11. London was set to host the largest protest in support of a ceasefire yet. A million were expected to come out onto the streets, including people from every background; Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Atheists alike. It was expected to be, as it had been in the weeks prior, overwhelmingly peaceful. Clearly then, it presented an opportunity for the now-sacked Home Secretary to incite violence for personal political gain.

Armistice Day

The march happened to coincide with Armistice Day, which Britain celebrates every year on November 11. It marks the ceasefire in WW1, and a service which pays tribute to the soldiers who fought for Britain is part and parcel of proceedings.

The organizers of the march had the sanctity of the day in mind, which is why the route (which was verified with the police in advance) was kept well away from the Cenotaph (the War Memorial where the service takes place). To ensure it wouldn’t come across as disrespectful, the…

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Sikander Hayat Khan
Rome Magazine

Essays on U.S. politics and the Middle East. Law and politics grad. Masters in Law. Published in The Friday Times.