Over 150 arrested in London anti-lockdown protests


The police said the arrests had been made for different offences including assaulting a police officer, possession of drugs and breaching coronavirus restrictions.

More than 150 people have been arrested in central London after anti-lockdown protestors clashed with the local police while they were raising their voices against coronavirus lockdown in the UK.

"Our policing plan will continue well into the evening and I would urge anyone who hasn't already dispersed to go home", said chief superintendent Stuart Bell in the statement.

The Metropolitan Police said they had intercepted and turned back buses full of people attempting to join the demonstrations.

At one point, green smoke was released as protesters were surrounded by police at the top of Carnaby Street.

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Most of the them without face masks on, the demonstrators ignored police requests to disperse and instead chanted "shame on you".

The Met Police had urged people not to attend protests this weekend and warned those who attend risk enforcement action by officers. England's current lockdown ends on December 2.

"The people that are protesting today have been protesting for many months, and we've seen this over successive weekends". The protest has been organised by the grassroots group Save Our Rights UK called Unite For Freedom - Time For Action.

"We ask everybody to be conscientious - we all know the regulations and the guidance, we have brought these measures in to save lives and to prevent preventable deaths".

According to British Health Secretary Matt Hancock, most of England will face harsh coronavirus restrictions in a new three-tier system when the lockdown ends next week, with London being listed in Tier Two.