London: In a bizarre incident of events, a man walked before the British Parliament draped in an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) flag with a young girl on his shoulders waving the flag’s smaller version, even as police insisted they were “within the law”. The man was captured in the camerawalking past a group of Scouts outside the Houses of Parliament as he wore a large ISIS flag on his back. He was carrying a small child on his shoulders, who was waving a smaller flag.
Police have been criticised for failing to arrest the man who was seen wandering near the Big Ben draped in the Islamic State flag on Saturday. A statement released by the Metropolitan police confirmed that the man was seen by police but that his actions were not considered to be unlawful. However, the person was not arrested for this conduct. The decision not to arrest the man came in for sharp criticism on social media, with some using it to question wider notions of public safety. Images of the man were reportedly posted on a Korean forum after a tourist spotted him in central London.