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Police investigate subway driver for leading passengers while singing pro-Palestinian chants

Vaseline 3 months ago

British Transport Police said they are investigating a video that appears to show a London Underground driver leading passengers in a chant of “free, free Palestine.”

The video, posted on X – formerly known as Twitter, appears to show the driver singing over the announcement system on the Central Line.

The driver says “free, free,” to which the passengers respond “Palestine” – a popular chant at protests.

A packed carriage also seems to cheer up the driver.

He also says, “I hope you all have a blessed day today and take care of yourselves.

“And keep all those people in your prayers.”

The video appeared as circular 100,000 people gathered in central London for a pro-Palestinian march on Saturday afternoon.

Conservative London Secretary Paul Scully said staff must “focus on the day’s work” and warned against fueling tension in the capital.

“At a time when not enough emphasis is being placed on the difference between Hamas’s horrific terrorist attacks and the legitimate concerns of Palestinians in Gaza, it is very important that Londoners ease the tension in our capital, where Jews live peacefully alongside Muslims , do not incite.” said Mr. Scully.

“Informed protest can create change. But trendy bandwagons can create division and fear in communities, increasing the threat to the safety of some passengers traveling among those crowds.”

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He suggested that Labor mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport for London (TfL) should “focus staff on the day-to-day task of moving people safely from A to B”.

Safety Minister Tom Tugendhat wrote on X: “London’s tubes are for everyone. Many will find this intimidating.”

He said the mayor “has a duty to help all Londoners feel safe”.

Sean O’Callaghan, assistant chief constable of British Transport Police, said police were “aware of images circulating on social media showing chants previously led by a driver of a train in London”.

“BTP is working with Transport for London and investigating the matter.”

Meanwhile, a TfL spokesperson said: “We are committed to providing a safe network for all and want to make it clear that London is open to all.

“We are aware of images circulating on social media suggesting that political comments may have been made by one of our metro drivers.

“We are working to closely examine the footage and ensure the circumstances are urgently investigated.”