Shocking moment protester pulls Israel flag down from Sheffield town hall before hoisting Palestinian symbol in its place in front of cheering crowd

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  • Two men are said to have climbed the council building before fleeing the scene

Protesters scaled Sheffield Town Hall and ripped down the Israeli flag, replacing it with the Palestinian flag to applause from gathered crowds, dramatic video shows.

Two men climbed the council building during the stunt before getting down and fleeing the scene, police have said. 

Shocking footage of the incident shows a hooded man shuffling along the ridge of the roof, around 60 metres off the ground.

After reaching the mast he pulls down the flag, video shows, before successfully raising the Palestinian flag in its place.

Gathered crowds below celebrated below as the blue and white banner was thrown to the floor, cheering the man who then climbed down and absconded.

Shocking footage shows a hooded man shuffling along the ridge of the roof of Sheffield's council building

Shocking footage shows a hooded man shuffling along the ridge of the roof of Sheffield’s council building

Police said ‘minor disorder’ ensued as they tried to disperse the gathered crowds, meaning the suspect and another man were able to escape and are now being looked for.

The Town Hall only raised the Israeli flag on Monday morning, according to local reports. 

Following Hamas’ violent attack on Israeli civilians on Saturday, the UK government asked that all public buildings across the country display Israel’s flag as a show of solidarity.

Tensions between pro-Palestine and pro-Israel groups and have been widespread since, with police separating protesters at a London tube station on Monday night.

Scotland Yard said it would increase the presence of officers in response to a ‘number of incidents’ of people celebrating the attack on Israel, which was followed by retaliatory strikes on Gaza.

And last night, Suella Braverman urged officers to use the ‘full force of the law’ against shows of support for Hamas or bids to intimidate the UK’s Jewish community.

She issued a warning to police chiefs that the waving of Palestinian flags and chanting ‘may not be legitimate’ if it is deemed to be a show of support for acts of terrorism.

On Tuesday’s incident in Sheffield city centre, South Yorkshire Police said: ‘Officers attended reports of public order at the Town Hall on Sheaf Street in Sheffield this evening (10 October) at around 6.20pm.

The suspect pulled the flag down before replacing it with the Palestinian flag

The suspect pulled the flag down before replacing it with the Palestinian flag

The protester threw the Israeli flag to the ground before putting up the Palestine flag in its place, to cheers from the crowd

The protester threw the Israeli flag to the ground before putting up the Palestine flag in its place, to cheers from the crowd

‘It is believed that two men climbed onto the roof of the building and removed the flag that was being flown.

‘During officers’ attendance and their attempts to disperse the crowds, minor disorder led to the two suspects fleeing the scene.

‘Enquiries are ongoing to identify those involved and anyone with information is asked to report online, via live chat or by calling 101 quoting incident.’







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