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Police limit number of protesters to just ten at a time

Protesters in King Street in Manchester Photo: PA

New restrictions are going to be put in place to limit the number of protesters demonstrating on King Street in Manchester over Gaza.

Greater Manchester Police chief constable Sir Peter Fahy said today that he has taken the decision to limit the number of protesters to 10 at a time, in a bid to limit disruption.

Sir Peter Fahy Credit: PA

Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Sir Peter Fahy, said:

"This is not a decision we have taken lightly.

"The right to protest is a fundamental part of our democracy, a right fully supported by the police and city council.

"It is only right and proper that people can protest about what is happening abroad safely and peacefully should they wish to.

"And while we will not shy away from these challenges, we have to balance our duty to uphold the rights of protesters against the rights of the public visiting and working in the city centre, local business owners and residents.

"Weighing up all factors, we hope that by imposing these conditions we are finding some common ground and ensuring fairness to everybody.

– Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable GMP
Protesters in King Street in Manchester Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Councillor Pat Karney, the city centre spokesman, said: β€œIt’s a huge step forward. Businesses on the street have been suffering. What was at risk, were Manchester jobs. The council welcomes the decision of the chief constable.”

Pro-Palestine and pro-Israel protesters have been holding counter-demonstrations through Manchester city centre since July – with some business reporting takings down by some 80 per cent.