LONDON: Anti-lockdown protesters today clashed with police after at least 15,000 demonstrators descended on Trafalgar Square in London as part of a rally against coronavirus measures in the UK.
Attendees of the ‘We Do Not Consent’ rally ditched their masks as they crammed into the public square this afternoon, despite Metropolitan Police pleading with people to stick to Britain’s coronavirus restrictions.
Crowds, who were also warned that violence would not be tolerated at the gathering, carried placards reading ‘is this freedom?’ and ‘end the crazy rules’ as they flocked to central London to protest against Britain’s coronavirus restrictions.
Piers Corbyn, 73, brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, was among the crowd alongside conspiracy theorist David Icke, 68, who has made a series of false claims linking Covid-19 to 5G technology.
Demonstrators ditched their face masks and ignored social distancing measures as they shouted ‘we will win’ and waved flags in the tourist attraction, before Metropolitan Police arrived to shut down the event as crowds ‘have not complied with the conditions of their risk assessment’. Skirmishes broke out between protesters and police, with those in attendance chanting ‘shame on you’ and shoving at officers as they passed through the crammed crowd.