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Anti-lockdown protesters and police in violent clashes with nine officers hurt

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Sixteen people were arrested and nine officers were hurt as anti-lockdown protesters clashed with police trying to shut down a huge demonstration in central London.

Missiles were thrown at police amid efforts to disperse thousands of people – many claiming coronavirus is a hoax – from Trafalgar Square, just up the road from Downing Street, in central London.

Nine officers were injured during clashes with a “small minority” of protesters, police say, and at least two required hospital treatment.

Officers penned the crowd in and water was thrown at them by demonstrators while crowds chanted “pick your side” and hurled verbal abuse.

Bottles were thrown and police used batons against protesters, leaving some with visible injuries, as officers shut down the rally for breaching social distancing rules.

Police removed sound equipment from Trafalgar Square and several protesters were led away in handcuffs. Another demonstrator was physically carried away from the scene by officers.

Demonstrators were asked to leave and the force warned that anyone who stays could be subject to enforcement action.

Police eventually cleared the square, but there were further clashes after the protesters marched to Hyde Park.

Thousands of people massed in Trafalgar Square on Saturday carrying a variety of signs, flags and placards to take part in a “we do not consent” rally – with none appearing to wear face coverings or to social distance.

A total of four officers were injured, two of whom required hospital treatment, the force added.

Police said in a statement just after 7pm: “Sixteen people have been arrested today during demonstrations in Trafalgar Square, which then moved towards Hyde Park.

“Arrests were for a variety of offences including breaching coronavirus regulations, assaulting a police officer, public order offences and violent disorder.

“Sadly, nine police officers were also injured while policing the event. Two of which required hospital treatment for head injuries.

“Following engagement by officers, the vast majority of crowds have now dispersed.”

Commander Ade Adelekan said: “As the crowds began to swell in Trafalgar Square, it became impossible for people maintain social distancing and keep each other safe. Likewise, there appeared to be no efforts by organisers to engage with crowds and keep those assembling safe from transmitting the virus.

“This lack of action voided the risk assessment submitted by event organisers the night before. Therefore, today’s demonstration was no longer exempt from the coronavirus regulations. In the interest of public safety, officers then worked quickly to disperse crowds. I am grateful to those members of the demonstration who listened to officers and went home.

“However, I am very frustrated to see that nine officers were injured during clashes with a small minority of protestors. This is especially saddening in light of the injuries sustained by officers last weekend. We will be supporting those officers who were injured and I wish them a very speedy recovery.

“Our policing operation will continue into the evening and I would urge everyone to keep each other safe by not gathering in large numbers and maintaining social distancing.” 

The force said earlier: “Crowds in Trafalgar Square have not complied with the conditions of their risk assessment and are putting people in danger of transmitting the virus.

“This has voided their risk assessment and we have informed the event organisers they are no longer exempt from the regulations.

“We are now asking those in Trafalgar Square to leave. Officers will be engaging with crowds and informing them of this development.

“By leaving now, you can keep yourself safe and avoid any enforcement action being taken by officers.”

Earlier, police searched a man and confiscated a makeshift riot shield he was carrying.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan called the violence “unacceptable”.

On Twitter, he said: “This is unacceptable. Violence of this kind towards officers will not be tolerated and perpetrators will feel the full force of the law.

“I urge all protestors to leave now. Large gatherings are banned for a reason – you are putting the safety of our city at risk.”

The protest has been held despite the fact that the UK’s Covid-19 death toll hit 41,936.

Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers, a known anti-vaxxer and conspiracy theorist, was seen amongst the crowds.

Thousands of people began yelling ‘freedom’ as speakers left the stage.

The meeting, which has been dubbed the ‘We Do Not Consent’ rally, had been set to move to Hyde Park later.

A website promoting the rally said: “We are campaigning to stop parliament renewing the Covid-19 oppressive legislation.

“We are fighting against the government’s Covid policies which cause illness and death – and fighting for Action to cut claimed virus illness and SAVE LIVES.”

The protest comes a week after a separate event which saw more than a dozen officers injured when a “small minority” targeted police and more than 32 arrests were made.

The Met said it had been engaging with organisers throughout the week to remind them of their legal obligations and explaining the events could be in breach of coronavirus regulations.

While protests are exempt from the “rule of six” in England, organisers must submit a risk assessment and comply with social distancing.

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