We setup at 12 noon, as normal, and throughout the picket, we were verbally and physically attacked by a bunch, of 20, zionist thugs. They came down with the sole interest of kicking legitimate protest in support of the Palestinian people. They pushed & hit VTI members and those that came in solidarity, used airhorns and death threats to try and drown out what we were saying, even when we were not using the megaphone. The police also failed to act on any complaint made to them about the behaviour of the Zionists.
The police repeatedly failed to separate the two groups. As a result, three members of the Zionist Group, and one of the Victory to the Intifada Group were arrested. All were later released on bail.
For the last 40 minutes, Chief Inspector Chris Ullah, issued a Section 14, of the Public Order Act 1986. Both groups had their own area to protest in, each limited to 10 people and for a maximum of 1 hour.
Within 10 minutes, the Zionist Group left, showing that they were clearly there to end legitimate protest in support of Palestine. Once their ability to freely harrass us had been restricted, their purpose for being there had gone.
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