More than 150 anti-lockdown, anti-vaccine protesters arrested in London

Police officers led several people away in handcuffs after protesters ignored requests to disperse.

By Yuliya Talmazan |

A protester holds up a placard as he takes part in an anti-lockdown protest against government restrictions in London on Saturday.Tolga Akmen / AFP – Getty Images

LONDON — Police arrested more than 150 people on Saturday as they tried to break up anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine protests in the British capital, as the country continues to battle its Covid-19 outbreak.

Hundreds of protesters, most of them not wearing face masks, descended on central London’s shopping district, holding up signs saying “Unmask truth” and chanting “Freedom,” in contravention of strict coronavirus rules banning mass gatherings.

London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement its officers made a number of “early interventions” to prevent people from gathering and to urge people to go home, adding that they intercepted buses transporting protestors into the capital, and those who did not turn back and go home were either arrested or issued with fine notices.

Police officers led several people away in handcuffs after protesters ignored requests to disperse. Several bottles and smoke bombs were thrown as demonstrators scuffled with police.

Metropolitan police said the arrests were made for breaching coronavirus restrictions and assaulting police officers among other offences.

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About Joel Cholo Brooks 13605 Articles
Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.
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