'Missiles' hurled at officers as police faced with huge protest making its way through Manchester

Police were called as hundreds of Gaza demonstrators met at Piccadilly Gardens
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'Missiles' were hurled at officers as police were faced with a huge protest making its way across Manchester on Monday (May 27).

Police were called as hundreds of Gaza demonstrators met at Piccadilly Gardens before making their way down Oxford Road and towards University of Manchester buildings.

Footage taken by the protesters who earlier gathered in the city centre showed the huge crowds, many carrying Palestine flags, later banging on the door of Whitworth Hall chanting 'shame on you'.

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It followed reports of a group of different - student - protesters 'barricading' various entrances to the hall, as a large number of police vehicles were pictured along Oxford Road in the centre of the campus at around 8.30pm.

Police were met by demonstrators at the University of Manchester campus
Police were met by demonstrators at the University of Manchester campus -Credit:Handover

Greater Manchester Police have since confirmed that they were first called out to the city centre at around 5.30pm to the protest. Despite it being 'peaceful for the most part', the force said the behaviour 'escalated' and that 'missiles' were thrown at a number of officers.

Police equipment was also stolen from officers, before the protest came to a conclusion hours later at 11pm. A number of enquiries are underway to investigate reports of theft and affray during the large demonstration.

The Manchester Evening News has also learned that police body worn footage was also reviewed afterwards, which has demonstrated officers 'acted lawfully'.

A University of Manchester spokesperson - speaking about the separate student protests - confirmed officers were also called to a demonstration on campus.

It involved a 'large group including many who were not students'. Police were on the scene to 'prevent the protesters from gaining unauthorised access to the Whitworth Hall complex'.

Superintendent Nicola Williams of GMP’s City of Manchester district told the M.E.N: “We attended a protest in the city centre which started at approximately 5.30pm yesterday in Piccadilly Gardens, travelling via St Peter’s Square before heading down Oxford Road.

“The protest for the most part was peaceful; however, the behaviour did escalate with missiles thrown and police equipment stolen. The protest came to a full conclusion at approximately 11pm. Crimes of theft and affray now being investigated with enquiries ongoing to determine those responsible.

"Body worn footage of the attending officers has been reviewed and demonstrates they acted lawfully. We will always work with organisers and those exercising their legal right to peaceful protest, but must act where criminal offences are identified.”