Hezbollah: Demonstrations

Home Office written question – answered on 22nd March 2022.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Mayor of London has raised concerns directly with her about the support shown for Hezbollah at the annual Al Quds march in London.

Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

Hizballah has been proscribed in its entirety in the UK since 2019.

Proscription sends a strong message that the Government considers an organisation to be concerned in terrorism and makes it a criminal offence to be a member or supporter of the organisation, with a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine. It is also a criminal offence for a person to display or publish an article or item of clothing in such a way or in such circumstances to arouse a reasonable suspicion that they are a member or supporter of a proscribed organisation. This could lead to up to 6 months in prison, and/or a £5000 fine.

The tactics for policing public demonstrations are an operational matter for the police. It would not be appropriate for the Government to comment publicly on these. Whether an offence is committed during a public demonstration is a matter for the police to investigate.

The Home Secretary and Mayor of London routinely discuss a range of issues, including public demonstrations and the impact of these on community tensions.

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