More than 150 arrested in anti-lockdown protests

More than 150 arrested in anti-lockdown protests

More than 150 people were detained in London during a protest against coronavirus restrictions, the Metropolitan Police Service said in a Saturday statement.

Protestors kept chanting "freedom" as they marched through Oxford Street and nearby Marble Arch while the police department asked the participants to leave.

Police revealed later on Saturday that scuffles with protesters led to 155 arrests, many for breaching coronavirus restrictions. "It is for this reason that we urge people not to travel into London and this is also why we will be taking appropriate enforcement action if this happens", Chief Superintendent Stuart Bell said.

Groups of helmeted police were seen running to respond to protesters at Oxford Circus, Carnaby Street and Regent Street. Some of the demonstrators clashed with police officers.

A nationwide lockdown entered into force in the United Kingdom on 5 November, as the country was witnessing roughly 25,000 COVID-19 positive tests per day.

One police officer estimated the protesters, who held up signs saying "Defend Freedom, Defend Humanity", numbered between 300 and 400.

Several people were handcuffed by officers, while police action was met with booing as demonstrators, many not wearing face masks, ignored requests to go home.

London's Metropolitan Police said they had intercepted and turned back coaches full of people wanting to join the demonstrations. The people that are protesting today have been protesting for many months, and we've seen this over successive weekends.

These protests broke off in the capital city after it was announced that tier 3 lockdown measures will be brought in after December 02.

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