Nigel Farage has called for a Tube driver who lead a “free, free Palestine” chant on a London Underground train to be sacked.
Footage circulating on social media shows the driver of the packed Central line service appearing to use the train’s speaker system to chant “free, free” to which the passengers responded “Palestine”.
But the clip, taken yesterday as around 100,000 protesters took part in a pro-Palestinian demonstration in London, has sparked outrage.
GB News presenter Mr Farage said: “It is not the job of a TfL driver to make political statements on a public announcement. This man should be fired Sadiq Khan.”
Minister for London Paul Scully said London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport for London (TfL) “need to get staff focused on the day job of safely moving people from A to B”.
He said: “At a time when there’s not enough emphasis on the difference between the horrific terrorist attacks by Hamas and the legitimate concerns of Palestinians in Gaza, it’s really important that Londoners don’t stoke the tension in our capital where Jews live peacefully alongside Muslims.
“Informed protest can bring change. But on-trend bandwagons can cause rifts and fear in communities, increasing the threat to the safety of some passengers travelling among those crowds.
“The Mayor and TfL need to get staff focused on the day job of safely moving people from A to B.”
Security minister Tom Tugendhat added: “London’s Tubes are for everyone. Many will find this intimidating.”
The Israeli Embassy said it was “deeply troubling to see such intolerance on London’s Tubes”.
The British Transport Police are investigating the clip of the Tube driver leading the chant, which is popular at protests.
British Transport Police Assistant Chief Constable Sean O’Callaghan said the force was “aware of footage circulating on social media which suggests chants are led by driver of a train in London earlier”.
“BTP are working with Transport for London and investigating the matter.”
A TfL spokesman said: “We are committed to providing a safe network for everyone and want to make it clear that London is open to everyone.
“We are aware of footage circulating on social media that suggests political comments may have been made by one of our Tube drivers.
“We are working to scrutinise the footage and ensure the circumstances are urgently investigated.”
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