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A courageous counter-protester who held up a ‘Hamas are terrorists’ signal in the midst of an enormous pro-Palestine rally in London was dragged to the bottom and arrested by mulitple law enforcement officials.

Footage of the incident confirmed campaigner Niyak Ghorbani, 37, unfurling the banner in opposition to the terrorist group in the midst of a sea of pro-Palestine marchers within the centre of the capital.

Several protesters seem to react angrily to Mr Ghorbani, who has protested in opposition to Hamas earlier than throughout Palestine marches, and a bunch of Metropolitan Police officers cost into the gang.

As Mr Ghorbani was bodily held he mentioned “shame on you” and protested: “I wrote down Hamas is a terrorist organisation, but they arrested me”.

A Met Police assertion later mentioned he was “de-arrested” following the incident and that officers intervened due to a suspected “breach of the peace”.

A Met Police assertion posted on X mentioned: “A video has been posted on X alleging officers arrested a man for having an anti-Hamas placard.

“This is not correct. He was arrested after an altercation was ongoing, and officers intervened to forestall a breach of the peace. He was arrested for assault.

“Officers then fully reviewed footage provided of the incident, and he was later de-arrested. The arrest was not made in relation to the placard.”

Thousands of pro-Palestine supporters marched in central London on Saturday calling for a direct ceasefire in Gaza.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) organised the protest, following the Hamas terror assaults on southern Israel on October 7 during which about 1,200 individuals have been killed and greater than 240 kidnapped earlier than Israel retaliated with months of assaults on the Gaza Strip, killing and wounding hundreds.

Singer Charlotte Church joined protesters on the entrance of the march, and mentioned she joined the protest to “show solidarity with the people of Palestine for all that they are suffering through”.

A counter-protest to the pro-Palestine marches was held in Victoria, central London, on Saturday afternoon and organiser Itai Galmudy mentioned they have been “here to exercise our democratic right of making our voices heard” and that “Jews are not afraid and we’ve had enough of those anti-Israeli hate marches”.

The Metropolitan Police mentioned there was no vital public order disturbance at any protest in London on Saturday, and there had been 5 arrests, together with a lady for holding an offensive placard and two males for chanting offensive slogans.

One man was arrested for assault, and one other below the Public Order Act who was seen carrying a defend and sporting a helmet.

The drive mentioned greater than 2,300 officers policed 11 main occasions on Saturday, together with eight soccer matches and a global rugby fixture, and 500 officers from outdoors the Met assisted on mutual support.