Over 150 arrested in anti-lockdown protests in London

Over 150 arrested in anti-lockdown protests in London


LONDON: Anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine protesters joined forces to march through London Saturday in defiance of the nationwide lockdown, prompting 155 arrests.

The police said the arrests had been made for different offences including assaulting a police officer, possession of drugs and breaching coronavirus restrictions. Earlier police lined up in a number of streets in central London’s West End shopping district and confronted crowds of protesters in St James’s Park, near Westminster. The anti-lockdown protesters were joined by groups who oppose a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Notaby, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on October 31 announced a second lockdown in England as the country crossed the grim milestone of 1 million coronavirus cases. The lockdown took effect on November 5 and will last until December 2.

The Metropolitan Police said its officers made a number of early interventions to prevent people from gathering and urge them to go home.

As part of this, coaches transporting protesters into the UK capital were intercepted and those who did not turn back were either arrested or issued fines or fixed penalty notices under the coronavirus legislation, it said.

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Edited By: Admin
Published On: Nov 29, 2020