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Appeal to identify two men at pro-Palestine march in London

The Met Police are looking for these men (Metropolitan Police)
The Met Police are looking for these men (Metropolitan Police)

An appeal has been launched to identify two photographed men who attended a pro-Palestine march in London on Saturday.

The pictures, which are slightly blurry, show one man dressed in a red, green, white and black top, with the Palestinian flag painted on his cheek.

In the other, a man with a grey beard and sunglasses can be seen – although his face is not completely visible.

The Metropolitan Police said they are suspected of “committing public order offences”.

Four people were arrested during the protest, which saw more than 200,000 people take part in the 11th national demonstration calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

One man was arrested on the Strand, on suspicion of a terrorism-related offence, in relation to inviting support for a proscribed organisation.

The other on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence and two others on suspicion of causing harassment, alarm and distress.

More than 200,000 people took part in the march (Victoria Jones/PA Wire)
More than 200,000 people took part in the march (Victoria Jones/PA Wire)

It comes as outrage has surged over a Metropolitan Police officer seemingly telling a pro-Israel protester that swastikas “need to be taken into context” and may not necessarily be anti-Semitic.

Footage circulating social media shows a woman telling an officer that a different officer had told her “that a swastika was not necessarily anti-Semitic or a disruption of public order”.

The man being spoken to starts responding “so I think the symbol in of itself-“ before he is cut off by the woman telling the people around them: “Please, for the love of God, film this.”

Other voices can be heard telling the officer: “It is anti-Semitic.”

The pair argue for a few minutes, during which time the woman repeatedly asks: “In what context is a swastika not anti-Semitic?”

Towards the end of the clip, the officer replies: “I suppose, to some, I don’t know how everybody would feel about that.”

The Metropolitan Police stressed that the person with the swastika sign had already been arrested at the time of this conversation.

It said: “We take hate crime and public order offences very seriously and a number of people were arrested during today's protest for hate crimes, public order and terrorist offences. We are also gathering and assessing evidence with a view to making further arrests where we identify any other offences.”