During an anti-restrictions demonstration in London which brought together several hundred people, the police carried out more than 150 arrests. Clashes also broke out between protesters and the police.
According to British media, more than 150 demonstrators were arrested on November 28, 2020 in London, by the police during a mobilization in opposition to anti-covid vaccines and other restrictive measures aimed at stemming the pandemic. Clashes between protesters and the police sporadically broke out, especially near King’s Cross station.
“Stop controlling us,” chanted protesters
Several hundred protesters, most of them not wearing masks, broke strict rules banning mass gatherings to pound the streets of the British capital. We could hear cries like “Freedom” and see signs on which were written slogans like “Stop controlling us”, “Unmask the truth” or even “No more confinements”.
Clashes erupted between anti-restriction protesters and the police, who used tear gas to try to disperse the crowd. Some protesters refusing to comply with police dispersal demands were handcuffed and put into police vans.
These arrests were carried out for “a number of offenses”, in particular for “violation of the restrictions against the coronavirus” and attacks against the police force, indicated the London police force, which had called not to take part to these demonstrations, prohibited due to the current confinement.
The London Metropolitan Police also said in a statement quoted by Reuters that its agents made several “early interventions” to prevent protesters from gathering and to encourage them to return home. Buses bringing protesters into central London have also been checked and even fined by the Metropolitan Police.
From general confinement to restrictive measures imposed locally
After four weeks of a second confinement, England must return on December 2 to a system of restrictions imposed locally depending on the incidence of the virus, according to a device comprising three levels of alert.
Non-essential businesses will also be able to reopen and the order to remain confined to home will be lifted. Teleworking will nevertheless remain recommended in all cases.
However, in areas placed in the highest alert level, such as the cities of Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol and Leeds (23 million people in total), pubs and restaurants will remain closed, being able to offer only take-out or deliveries. It will also be forbidden to meet people who do not belong to his home, inside or outside, with exceptions such as in parks.
With more than 57,000 dead (within 28 days of a positive test), according to figures quoted by AFP, the UK is one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic.