A large crowd of people bearing St George’s flags was seen walking along Embankment and shouting “England till I die” ahead of a two minutes’ silence on Saturday 11 November.
Clashes broke out as police attempted to stop them from reaching Whitehall but the group pushed through, with some shouting “Let’s have them” as officers hit out with batons.
Up to 2,000 people were caught in the skirmishes before the two minutes’ silence passed undisturbed at the Cenotaph, on the same day up to 500,000 are expected to gather in central London for a pro-Palestine march.
“While the two minutes’ silence was marked respectfully and without incident on Whitehall, officers have faced aggression from counter protestors who are in the area in significant numbers,” a statement from the Metropolitan Police read.
“The counter protestors are not one cohesive group. There are different groups moving away from Whitehall towards other parts of central London. Officers are keeping track of them as they do.”