Protesters clash with police as 100,000 strong London Gaza demo descends into violence
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 8:25 PM on 10th January 2009
Violent clashes occurred between police and around 20,000 protesters outside the Israeli Embassy in London - with an estimated 100,000 protesters airing their views around the city.
Windows were smashed and policemen were injured - with one officer knocked unconscious in the running battles and two requiring treatment for facial injuries.
The protesters - mainly young men - knocked down barriers threw missiles including eggs, red paint, sticks and shoes as 300 officers in full riot gear tried to maintain the peace.
Police try and hold back the protesters outside the Israeli embassy, Kensington, as thousands show their anger at the worsening situation in Gaza
Barriers are broken down as the protest turns ugly, with at least one police officer hospitalised by the riots
Attacked: Protestors go for horse-backed officers in Kensington
Burning bush: A placard bearing a portrait of U.S. President George Bush is set alight. There were reports of rioters trying to set police vans alight
Hyde Park was also the center of protests, with thousands calling for an end to conflict in Gaza
There were reports that some protesters had tried to set fire to police vans.
The violence, which broke out in front of the Israeli Embassy, appeared to be led by a hard-core of masked and hooded youths.
A national demonstration against Israel's attack marched from Speakers' Corner at Hyde Park today to the Israeli embassy in High Street Kensington.
It was estimated there were around 100,000 protesters in total across London, including the Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park and Kensington protests.
A protester pushes down barriers as police try to maintain calm amid missile-throwing and window-smashing
Demonstrators inside the Starbucks branch near the Israeli embassy in London
Flags are burnt as the protesters make their feelings known during the riots