Over 250 held after day of protest with clashes between pro-Palestinians, far-right and police

Police were given a dispersal order on Saturday evening to crack down on anti-social behaviour (X/Metropolitan Police)

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Police have detained a "breakaway group" of about 150 pro-Palestine protesters after a fraught day of clashes with far-right counter-demonstrators in central London on Armistice Day.

Some of those in Grosvenor Place were firing fireworks, and many wore face coverings, allowing police to search and detain them under a disperal order.

More than 300,000 people were estimated to have marched through London as part of a planned demonstration calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. Organisers dispute the police's figure, claiming the crowd was as large as 800,000.

Earlier on Saturday counter-demonstrators carrying St George’s flags and shouting "England ’til I die" went head-to-head with police as they tried to break through to the Cenotaph.

Clashes later broke out between police, counter-protesters and pro-Palestine demonstrators around Parliament Square, with officers using batons to control the crowds.

Earlier in the day, police said they'd arrested more than 100 people throughout the day, the vast majority of whom were far-right protesters - mainly to "prevent a breach of the peace" but in some cases for possession of offensive weapons, affray and possession of drugs.

All eyes are now on home secretary Suella Braverman, who was accused of inflaming tensions and "shate marches".

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