Day of protests in Birmingham pass peacefully

Several protests held today in Birmingham have passed peacefully across the city. 

Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Ambulance Service, West Midlands Fire Service and Transport for West Midlands have worked with us to ensure that disruption was kept to a minimum.

A protest group from Small Heath joined a larger group in the city centre, which saw around 1000 protesters move to Victoria Square just before 5pm, where speeches were made.

The gathering was peaceful, however we are aware of three incidents where Israeli flags have been burned by a small minority. This has been captured on CCTV and body worn video and have been recorded as Public Order hate crimes. We will now be investigating to identify those responsible.

Chief Superintendent Andy Beard was in charge of today’s policing operation. He said: “We understand the strength of feeling about issues which are playing out internationally and we continue to engage with our communities and faith groups.

“We also recognise the right to peaceful protest but if we perceive a hate crime is being committed, we will intervene or investigate to arrest those responsible." 

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