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UK Prime Minister Urges Tougher Police Action Amid Gaza Conflict Concerns

British PM Rishi Sunak calls for enhanced police measures to prevent mob rule during protests amidst escalating concerns over the Gaza conflict. Criticisms arise over exaggerated claims, while lawmakers tighten security following threats. The move follows a 31-million-pound fund allocation for lawmaker security amidst rising tensions.

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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has urged UK police chiefs to take tougher action to prevent protests from turning into 'mob rule,' particularly amidst the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza. Concerns have escalated following violent incidents during protests.

Sunak emphasized the need to prevent mob rule from replacing democratic principles, highlighting the importance of preserving free debate and enabling elected representatives to perform their duties without intimidation.

The Prime Minister's call came after a meeting at 10 Downing Street where ministers and senior police officials agreed to a new “democratic policing protocol.” This protocol includes extra patrols and identifies protests at the residences of MPs and other elected representatives as generally intimidatory.

Under the newly established seven-point policing protocol, police forces are expected to ensure appropriate responses to events involving MPs or candidates in anticipation of the upcoming general election.

Critics argue that Sunak's stance exaggerates the issue and risks undermining the right to peaceful protest. However, concerns persist as mass protests, primarily calling for a cease-fire in Gaza, have drawn significant crowds to central London.

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Despite predominantly peaceful demonstrations, reports of arrests related to alleged support for Hamas and rising antisemitic and anti-Muslim abuse have surfaced. Lawmakers express fears for their safety amidst escalating tensions.

Recent incidents, including the projection of controversial slogans during a parliamentary debate and the suspension of a Conservative lawmaker for inflammatory remarks, underscore the polarized atmosphere surrounding the Gaza conflict.

Meanwhile, security measures for lawmakers have been heightened following previous attacks, reflecting broader concerns over safety and security in political engagements.

The Prime Minister's call for firm policing aligns with a trend of increasing restrictions on protests by the Conservative government, raising debates over the balance between security and civil liberties.

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