© Reuters. Individuals collect in Trafalgar Sq. to protest towards the lockdown imposed by the federal government, in London
By Henry Nicholls LONDON (Reuters) – Greater than a thousand individuals gathered in central London on Saturday to protest towards lockdown measures geared toward slowing the unfold of the coronavirus, earlier than the occasion was damaged up by police. The protest, which led to 32 arrests, got here as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is contemplating whether or not to reimpose some lockdown restrictions throughout England. Demonstrators carried banners saying “Covid is a hoax” and “My physique, my alternative: No to obligatory masks”, in addition to chanting at police: “Select your facet”. Police mentioned protesters had been ordered to go away Trafalgar Sq. (NYSE:) on the grounds that the demonstration was placing these collaborating and different members of the general public in danger. “This, coupled with pockets of hostility and outbreaks of violence in direction of officers, means we’ll now be taking enforcement motion to disperse those that stay within the space,” London’s Metropolitan Police mentioned in a press release. Underneath legal guidelines launched to sluggish the unfold of an infection, individuals in England should not allowed to collect in teams of greater than six. There are exemptions for political protests, however provided that organisers observe pointers to cut back the chance of the illness spreading. Organisers of earlier anti-lockdown protests have been fined as much as 10,000 kilos ($12,914). A number of the protesters at Saturday’s occasion voiced opposition to obligatory vaccines, in addition to extra basic distrust of the federal government, the media and the World Well being Group. Britain has suffered Europe’s highest loss of life toll from coronavirus, with greater than 41,000 deaths on the federal government’s most well-liked measure. Nationwide testing for the illness haven’t stored up with demand since colleges reopened this month. Rising case numbers in components of Scotland, Wales and northern England have already led to native restrictions on individuals inviting mates to their properties, and decreased pub and restaurant opening hours.
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