British PM sacks Cabinet member following pro-Palestinian protests comments

Suella Braverman MP
Home Secretary Suella Braverma. (Photo: Twitter/X)
LONDON — In a recent Cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has dismissed Home Secretary Suella Braverman, citing her criticism of the police's handling of pro-Palestinian marches in London over the weekend. Braverman faced accusations of undermining the police when she claimed that aggressive right-wing protesters were "rightly met with a stern response," while "pro-Palestinian mobs" were "largely ignored." These comments, which stirred controversy and drew anger, suggested that she believed the police were too lenient with pro-Palestinian protestors.اضافة اعلان

According to a government source, Sunak was under increasing pressure to part ways with Braverman, known for her outspoken right-wing stance. Critics argued that she had exacerbated tensions during weeks of contentious pro-Palestinian demonstrations and counter-protests in Britain, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

Last week, Braverman challenged Sunak by publishing an article accusing the police of "double standards" in handling protests. The opposition Labor Party contended that this contributed to heightened tensions during a pro-Palestinian demonstration on Saturday.

140 people arrested as far-right protestors clashed with the police
Subsequently, over 140 people were arrested as far-right protesters clashed with the police, who sought to separate them from approximately 300,000 pro-Palestinian demonstrators.

Sunak is anticipated to implement more significant changes in his government, introducing allies and dismissing ministers whose performance, according to Downing Street, fell short of expectations in their respective ministries.

300,000 people demonstrated in London over the weekend
On Saturday, around 300,000 people demonstrated in the streets of the British capital, renewing their call for a ceasefire in Gaza. The police were deployed to prevent clashes with counter-protest organizers.

The "Stop the War Coalition" organized the demonstration under the slogan "National March for Palestine," commencing after two minutes of silence in honor of British war casualties on "Armistice Day" in front of the empty memorial cenotaph in central London.

To maintain peace, more than 1,850 police officers, including personnel from other areas of Britain, were mobilized. Braverman did not contribute to calming tensions when she accused the police of being more sympathetic to left-wing protests compared to others.

The British political left has long provided political support to Palestinians. A dispute emerged between the government and the London police force, with ministers advocating for a ban on the march, raising concerns about political interference in police operations. Sunak warned London Police Commissioner Mark Rowley that he would be "accountable" for his decision to allow the anti-war protest.

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