Hundreds of protesters stage sit-in demo at King's Cross

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters stage sit-in demonstration in King’s Cross Station and demand ceasefire for Gaza amid Israeli bombardment – as police arrest two demonstrators after protest was banned

  • The demonstration follows a similar sit-in at Liverpool Street Station on Tuesday 

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters today staged a demonstration at London’s King’s Cross Station to call for a ceasefire.

It comes amid a devastating bombardment and siege of Gaza in retaliation for the October 7 attacks on southern Israel by Hamas.

British Transport Police tonight confirmed two arrests have been made for ‘failure to comply with a Section 14 notice’ – prohibiting the planned protest.

The Transport Secretary cited a risk to train services in the decision to ban the event and said all in attendance would be subject to arrest.

Video shared on X, formerly known as Twitter, appeared to show police arresting protesters congregating in the station on Friday night.

A little before 7pm, individuals purportedly at the sit-in said they had been moved outside by the police – and were continuing to demonstrate on the streets.

Pro-Palestine protesters perform a sit in at Kings Cross station on Friday evening as part of an ongoing series of demonstrations calling for a ceasefire in the Israel/Hamas conflict

Pro-Palestine protesters perform a sit in at Kings Cross station on Friday evening as part of an ongoing series of demonstrations calling for a ceasefire in the Israel/Hamas conflict

The protest came despite the Transport Secretary’s attempt to ban it, citing disruption risk 

Protesters were seen with flags in the station before the demonstration was moved outside

One video posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, appears to show a man draped in a Palestinian flag shouting ‘free, free Palestine’ while being carried away from the station by three officers.

Others appear to show the controversial slogan ‘from the river to the sea’ being shouted with demonstrators replying ‘Palestine will be free’.

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Protesters on Westminster Bridge last Saturday 

In videos, protesters can be seen sitting on the station concourse chanting ‘ceasefire now’, ‘free, free Palestine’ and ‘in our thousands, in our millions, we are all Palestinians’.

A banner accusing Israel of genocide can also be seen in some clips.

Commenting on this evening’s protest at Kings Cross Station, Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: ‘While the right to peaceful protest is a key part of our democratic society, it cannot be at the expense of other people’s right not to be seriously disrupted or intimidated.

‘That’s why I have granted consent for the British Transport Police to make an order under Section 14A of the Public Order Act 1986 prohibiting the planned protest at Kings Cross Station this evening. This means protest activity at the station is classified as unlawful and anyone taking part will be subject to arrest.

‘Officers must have the powers they need for our stations to remain safe places for people to go about their journeys, protecting public safety and preventing disorder.’

The Metropolitan Police this evening confirmed to MailOnline that some 100 officers were supporting the British Transport Police in managing the situation at King’s Cross.

British Transport Police confirmed just after 7:20pm that the protest in the station had ended and a small group had moved outside.

‘Passengers can access the station as normal and trains are not disrupted,’ a statement read.

The protest came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier today ruled out a temporary ceasefire in Gaza until hostages are released.

More than 200 were reportedly taken after Hamas – the de facto governing authority in Gaza – swept into Southern Israel and attacked civilians and military personnel.

Israel has responded with a siege of Gaza and made repeated raids into the beleaguered territory.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have also been condemned for attacks on civilian areas and strikes killing combatants – as well as the alleged use of White Phosphorous on the civilian population. 

Today, the Israeli military confirmed it targeted an ambulance outside Gaza’s largest hospital.

The IDF claimed it was being used by Hamas militants while health officials said it was transporting the wounded.

Israeli ‘aircraft struck an ambulance that was identified by forces as being used by a Hamas terrorist cell in close proximity to their position in the battle zone,’ a military statement said. 

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was ‘utterly shocked’ by a deadly Israeli strike on an ambulance near Gaza’s largest hospital on Friday.

Ghebreyesus said he was ‘utterly shocked by reports of attacks on ambulances evacuating patients close to Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza, leading to deaths, injuries and damage’.

‘We reiterate: patients, health workers, facilities and ambulances must be protected at all times. Always,’ the WHO chief wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

As the war rages on, calls have increasingly come from outside of the southern Levant to arrange a ceasefire. 

Qatari mediators are among those working to agree terms, including the release of hostages.

A number of captives have been freed by Hamas in recent weeks – and Israel has allowed some humanitarian aid to enter the Strip via the southern border with Egypt. 

Protesters called for a ceasefire amid Israel’s devastating bombardment of the Gaza Strip

Pro-Palestine protesters perform a sit in at Kings Cross station on Friday evening as part of an ongoing series of demonstrations calling for a ceasefire in the Israel/Hamas conflict

The protests comes despite a ban by the Transport Secretary , who cited a risk to train services in the decision

Only on Tuesday, demonstrators locked down London’s Liverpool Street Station with a similar protest.

Pictures and videos posted on X shows the crowd of protesters chanting, cheering and clapping. Many were waving large Palestinian flags inside the station.

Demonstrators could also be heard shouting: ‘Palestine will be free.’

At the protest on Tuesday, Hundreds of campaigners chanted: ‘What do we want? Ceasefire. When do we want it? Now.’

Police officers were filmed attempting to move commuters along as curious onlookers stopped to see what was happening at the sit-down protest.

Sisters Uncut, a feminist group who organised the protest, posted on X: ‘Sit-in taking over Liverpool Street Station in solidarity with the Palestinian people – no business as usual until genocide ends. Ceasefire now.’

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