Anti lockdown protesters fought with police after at least 15,000 demonstrators descended on Trafalgar Square as part of a demonstration against coronavirus measures in the United Kingdom.
Attendees of the ‘We Do Not Consent’ rally ditched their masks as they crowded into the London square, despite Metropolitan Police pleading with people to adhere to Britain’s coronavirus restrictions.
Crowds, who were also warned that violence would not be tolerated at the assemblage, held placards reading ‘is this freedom?’ and ‘end the crazy rules’ as they herded to central London to protest against Britain’s coronavirus constraints.
Piers Corbyn, 73, brother of ex-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, was among the crowd alongside conspiracy theorist David Icke, 68, who has made a succession of false assertions linking COVID 19 to 5G technology.
Demonstrators ditched their face masks and ignored social distancing measures as they hollered ‘we will win’ and waved flags before the Metropolitan Police arrived to close down the event as crowds had not complied with the conditions of their risk assessment.
Skirmishes broke out between protestors and police later in the day, with those in attendance chanting ‘shame on you’ and pushing officers as they passed through the packed populace.
In one moment, a woman appeared to be knocked to the ground as a struggle broke out behind her.
In a statement, Scotland Yard said the violation had put people in danger of transmitting the virus which voided their risk assessment and left those at the event no longer exempt from COVID 19 restrictions.
The force said that they asked those in Trafalgar Square to vacate as officers engaged with the masses. The Met also confirmed that ten people had been apprehended following demonstrations with four officers injured, two requiring hospital treatment.
The demonstration came as nearly 18 million Britons, a quarter of the population, will be living under tighter coronavirus restrictions after the United Kingdom reported a record 6,874 new cases.
Those in Leeds were prohibited from socialising with other households at homes or in pubs, bars, restaurants and parks, as Wigan, Stockport and Blackpool also saw draconian measures brought into force.
Households in the Welsh town of Llanelli are set to be barred from entering each other’s homes and gardens, with the nation’s two largest cities of Cardiff and Swansea to follow suit.
Residents will also be banned from entering or leaving the areas without a reasonable excuse.
The protestors looked like a good cross-section of society with people attired in everyday clothing, not for a fight and they were unarmed but were met by a pack of heavily protected state police fitted with body armour, crash helmets and batons.
The protest was peaceful, well, it was until the police turned up, and if these protestors want to put themselves at risk of the virus, then it’s up to them, and the sooner everyone gets it the better because herd immunity seems to have worked extremely well in Sweden, they definitely don’t believe in taking their countries freedoms away.
Well done to the FREEDOM FIGHTERS – you believed in the cause and no one was paying you or buying you, you did this because you believe in a future for all of us and the more restrictions we accept the more we will get.
There will be no back to normal if we follow the rules and if we accept these constraints things will get worse. Yes, numerous people have had coronavirus and it is real, but the loss of our freedoms concerns me more.
And when this vaccine for COVID 19 is rushed through, you can bet your bottom dollar it will be compulsory, and we are giving up our rights already with most saying it’s for our own good, with folks saying that if we do as we’re told, things will return to normal.
The constraints will get worse, the vaccine will eventually be compulsory, no matter what the side effects are because by then we would have given up our freedoms and it’s an extremely slippery slope, and remember this when your newborn is being vaccinated with God knows what, then maybe we will see that giving up our rights was not such a good idea.