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Police and hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters clash

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Police and hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters clash

Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters have clashed with police in central London.

Large teams gathered to show towards coronavirus lockdown restrictions and the Government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill at round 1pm.

Hundreds of individuals with out face masks blocked site visitors on London’s Park Lane, experiences The Mirror.

They additionally marched by means of Hyde Park and Piccadilly.

Protesters together with anti-lockdown activist actor Laurence Fox have been seen strolling by means of Hyde Park chanting “get up, take your freedom again!” and “Burn your masks!”

People collaborating in an anti-lockdown protest in London’s Oxford Street. Picture date: Saturday March 20, 2021.

The Metropolitan Police Events tweeted this morning: “We’re conscious teams are planning to journey into London as we speak to protest.

“Our metropolis stays in a well being disaster, gatherings threat spreading the virus and are illegal.

“We’d urge individuals to rethink protesting and keep dwelling.”

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People collaborating in an anti-lockdown protest in London’s Tottenham Court Road. Picture date: Saturday March 20, 2021.

The Government is coming beneath renewed stress to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions to permit protests to go forward.

More than 60 MPs and friends have signed a letter warning that permitting the police to criminalise individuals for protesting is “just isn’t acceptable and is arguably not lawful”.

The letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel and Health Secretary Matt Hancock was co-ordinated by Liberty and Big Brother Watch.

Signatories embrace the Tory MPs Sir Charles Walker, Steve Baker, Sir Christopher Chope and Sir Desmond Swayne and the Liberal Democrat chief Sir Ed Davey.

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People collaborating in an anti-lockdown protest in London’s Oxford Street. Picture date: Saturday March 20, 2021.

It follows the outcry over the way in which the Metropolitan Police moved in to interrupt up a vigil final week on Clapham Common in reminiscence of Sarah Everard.

The letter mentioned such “surprising scenes” have been “completely avoidable” if the Government had offered steering to police and ensured protests have been clearly exempt from the ban on gatherings beneath lockdown.

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People collaborating in an anti-lockdown protest in London’s Hyde Park. Picture date: Saturday March 20, 2021.

Sam Grant, head of coverage and campaigns at Liberty, mentioned: “In a wholesome democracy, protest is a crucial means we are able to struggle for what we imagine in.

“The Government’s present quasi-ban on protest is totally unacceptable.

“Last week, the police conceded protest just isn’t banned beneath the lockdown rules, however used them to threaten then arrest demonstrators anyway.

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People collaborating in an anti-lockdown protest in London’s Oxford Street. Picture date: Saturday March 20, 2021.

“The Home Secretary should instantly subject steering to all police forces to make sure socially distanced protests can go forward and create an specific exemption for protest within the present rules.”

Big Brother Watch director Silkie Carlo mentioned: “A rustic can’t be described as a democracy if individuals wouldn’t have the liberty to protest.

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Police officers look on as individuals participate in an anti-lockdown protest in London’s Oxford Street. Picture date: Saturday March 20, 2021.

“The harrowing scenes of law enforcement officials utilizing pressure towards ladies at Clapham Common just lately have been avoidable and fallacious.

“Over the previous week, many extra demonstrators and even authorized observers have been arrested or fined.

“This stain on our democracy is a direct consequence of this Government’s disrespect for essentially the most primary of British democratic freedoms.”