Arrests as anti-lockdown and ‘Million Mask March’ demonstrators gather in London
Written by Rother Radio News on 05/11/2020
Arrests have been made after anti-lockdown protesters and “Million Mask March” demonstrators gathered in central London.
On the first day of England’s new national lockdown, police urged people to go home after they took to the streets near the capital’s Trafalgar Square on Thursday evening.
Protesters, very few of whom were wearing face coverings, began to walk up the Strand shortly after 6pm, chanting “freedom” and “no more lockdown”.
The demonstrators were repeatedly told to go home, with one officer shouting at a group: “You are breaking the law.”
Shortly after 7pm, a smaller demonstration gathered near Primark on Oxford Street, where a number of protesters were grouped in by two lines of officers.
Piers Corbyn, the brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, was among those at Trafalgar Square.
He was fined £10,000 in August under coronavirus rules for his role in a previous anti-lockdown protest.
One placard on display in Trafalgar Square read: “No more lockdown, no more cover-ups, no more masks, no more lies.”
Prior to Thursday evening, organisers of the annual Million Mask March had urged people to use this year’s Guy Fawkes’ night to “rise as one and join us in the largest MMM to date”.
The anti-establishment Million Mask March is associated with the “hacktivist” group Anonymous.
Attendees frequently wear Guy Fawkes masks similar to those from the film V for Vendetta, in which a hooded figure calls for an uprising on the streets of London against the dystopian authoritarian British government.
Throughout Thursday night, the Metropolitan Police provided a series of updates on the demonstrators via Twitter.
“A large crowd of protesters are at Oxford Street and continue to gather,” the force posted shortly after 8pm.
“Arrests have been made as demonstrators failed to comply with the directions of officers.
“We continue to urge people to go home. We remain in a health crisis.”
© Sky News 2020