Lord Walney, the Government’s independent adviser on political violence and disruption, said the threshold was too high because it did not consider the wider effects of demonstrations on vulnerable groups.

In her tweets on Sunday, Ms Braverman appeared unrepentant about claims over the weekend that her rhetoric had encouraged the violence.

She wrote: “Our brave police officers deserve the thanks of every decent citizen for their professionalism in the face of violence and aggression from protesters and counter-protesters in London yesterday. That multiple officers were injured doing their duty is an outrage.

“The sick, inflammatory and, in some cases, clearly criminal chants, placards and paraphernalia openly on display at the march mark a new low. Anti-Semitism and other forms of racism together with the valorising of terrorism on such a scale is deeply troubling.”

Nine officers were injured and 126 people arrested, the majority far-Right activists seeking to “protect” the Cenotaph. 

Saturday’s pro-Palestinian march was the biggest in the UK since Hamas attacked Israel on Oct 7. There have been pro-Palestinian protests in London every Saturday over five successive weeks, starting on Oct 14. The Armistice Day demonstration saw some 300,000 people march through central London to call for a ceasefire in Gaza.

On Saturday evening, Matt Twist, the Met Police Assistant Commissioner, said: “This operation took place in unique circumstances, against a backdrop of conflict in the Middle East, on Armistice Day and following a week of intense debate about protest and policing. These all combined to increase community tensions.”

Senior police officers believe the level and tone of the political debate increased the numbers and ferocity of the protests. However Tory MPs have criticised police for suggesting that political interventions contributed to the escalation in violence on Armistice Day.

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