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Israeli flags burnt at Palestine protests in Birmingham treated as hate crime

The burning of Israeli flags at Palestine protests in Birmingham today is being treated as a hate crime.

Officers said they would now be investigating to “identify those responsible”.

A police spokesman said there had been three incidents of flags being “burned by a small majority” at several demonstrations in the city today (Saturday, May 29).

They added that they had been captured on CCTV and also body cameras worn by officers.

A protest group from Small Heath joined a larger group in the city centre, which saw around 1,000 protesters march to Victoria Square just before 5pm, where speeches were made.

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.”

The force said several protests held in the city today had “passed peacefully”.

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

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