Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

A man, bleeding badly from a head wound, stands dazed and confused during the initial confrontation. Israeli Embassy, Kensington, London. 10th January 2009. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Palestine Solidarity Protest, Rioting Israeli Embassy, London. 10th January 2009.

By Published Last Edited 2009-01-10 00:00:00

Around 75,000 people gather in London at Hyde Park corner to express their disgust at the barbaric invasion of Gaza by the Israeli military as it attempts the eradication of the democratically elected Hamas.

They march out of Hyde Park and through London arriving at the Israeli embassy an hour later.

They are met with a police presence which has clearly planned for a violent confrontation.

Police in riot armour and Nato helmets are then deployed from within the embassy after shoes are thrown and the situation quickly degenerates into violent rioting a short while later.

A number of people are injured, some seriously.

As the protest continues police deploy many hundreds of officers including officers on horseback.

Israeli Embassy, Kensington, London. 10th January 2009.

A Jewish woman holds up a placard denouncing the barbarism of the Israeli government and its operation to destroy Hamas by targeting Palestinian civilians.

A Jewish woman holds up a placard denouncing the barbarism of the Israeli government and its operation to destroy Hamas by targeting Palestinian civilians.

A man wears the images of those who have been targeted during the operation.

A man wears the images of those who have been targeted during the operation.

The march heads off from Hyde Park.

The march heads off from Hyde Park.

Arriving at the Israeli embassy.

Arriving at the Israeli embassy.

Riot offciers are deployed from within the embassy.

Riot offciers are deployed from within the embassy.

The situation degenerates quickly into rioting.

The situation degenerates quickly into rioting.

The police operation goes on for many hours in the streets and roads surrounding Kensington.

The police operation goes on for many hours in the streets and roads surrounding Kensington.

Police in riot armour during the operation.

Police in riot armour during the operation.