A pro-Palestine mob have defaced a World War 1 memorial and scaled buildings in Central London as police lose control of the march.

Footage and photos from the scene show a World War 1 memorial covered in signs with a “Free Palestine” placard attached to the statue of the soldier.

Close by two pro-Palestine protesters scaled a building only to be met by security on the level they decided to leave at.

Their actions come as police lose control of the protest which has seen over 100,000 people march through Central London on Armistice Day.

The de-facing of the World War 1 memorial comes as police lose control of the protest as protesters and counter-protesters flood the area.

Earlier today, police clashed with counter-protesters who tried to gain access to the Cenotaph and interrupt the two-minute silence being held to mark Armistice Day.

Furthermore, pro-Palestine protesters have been seen lighting flares on Vauxhall Bridge while over 82 counter-protesters have been arrested.

In a statement on X, the Metropolitan Police said: “Officers have arrested 82 people in Tachbrook Street, Pimlico to prevent a breach of the peace. They’re part of a large group of counter-protestors we have been monitoring who have tried to reach the main protest march.”

They added: “We will continue to take action to avoid the disorder that would likely take place if that happened.

“In addition to the arrests made to prevent a breach of the peace in Tachbrook Street, we have made 10 arrests today for other offences. These include possession of offensive weapons, affray and possession of drugs.”

Ahead of today’s march, there were fears that pro-Palestine protesters would march on the Cenotaph. However, it has been counter-protesters who have tried to interrupt remembrance events.

On X, the Met Police said: “There is a remembrance event underway at the Cenotaph. Officers have prevented those not involved from getting onto Whitehall so it can take place without disruption, as we committed. They have faced unacceptable violence, including people throwing missiles and a metal barrier.”

They said those present were intent only on confronting officers.

They added: “Those using violence made no effort to use the pavement, which is open along the full length of Whitehall on one side, in order to watch the event taking place. They were solely intent on confronting officers.”

Across London this evening, there have been multiple incidents involving both pro-Palestine protesters and counter-protesters as members of the public scale buildings, deface war memorials, and start fights.

Furthermore, offensive chants were heard and offensive placards were shown during the march and some people are asking where the police are.

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