Seven people charged by UK police after Saturday protests

LONDON (Reuters) – Seven people have been charged following a mass pro-Palestinian march and a far-right counter protest on Saturday when more than 140 people were arrested, the police said on Sunday.

Skirmishes broke out between police and the far-right groups gathered to protest against the demonstration taking place on Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of World War One, when Britain commemorates its war dead.

London’s Metropolitan police said investigations were continuing into a “number of other incidents” and that the seven were charged with different offences, such as criminal damage, resisting arrest, possession of an offensive weapon, drugs possession, being drunk and disorderly, and assault.

“We have teams of officers who continue to build cases against those in custody and launch investigations into those who come to our attention when images and videos are shared on social media,” said Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor, who led Saturday’s policing operation.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Giles Elgood)