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British police investigate raising of Hezbollah flags on Ashura

Demonstrators on Oct. 12 have reportedly raised “Hezbollah” flags at a procession marking Ashura.

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British police are investigating an incident where flags affiliated with the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group were raised during Shiite Muslim commemorations earlier this month.

Demonstrators on Oct. 12 have reportedly raised “Hezbollah” flags at a procession marking Ashura.

Raising Hezbollah’s flag falls under the penalty of anti-terrorism laws according to British laws.

“By the virtue of Section 13 of the Terrorism Act 2000, whoever shows a flag or any other instrument in public place, aiming at raising doubts on his/her affiliation or support for an outlawed group, is considered to have committed a crime,” read a statement by Scotland Yard on Friday, received by Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

Several Muslim leaders in Britain condemned the politicization of the procession by raising slogans and chants that were not linked to the annual religious commemoration.

Protests are usually filmed by Scotland Yard arrests could be made among the people who hoisted Hezbollah’s flag at the procession.