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Anti-vaccination protesters storm Westfield shopping centre and clash with police

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undreds of anti-vaccination protesters stormed Westfield in Shepherds Bush on Saturday and clashed with police.

The demonstrators earlier within the day gathered in Parliament Square to protest towards Covid restrictions and the vaccine rollout.

Pictures and movies from Westfield present an enormous group of individuals clashing with police as they attempt to enter the constructing.

Others lit purple flares contained in the shopping centre.

Most outlets on the facility shut their doorways as employees protected themselves inside.

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Officers quickly gained management of the state of affairs and moved the demonstrators again exterior.

At about 7pm, the Met Tweeted: “The state of affairs is now calm at Westfield, W12. Officers stay on scene, and the gang is dispersing.”

The group made their approach to west London from central within the early night.

At round 6.30pm, the Met stated: “The third demo is now at Westfield and is inflicting important disruption to the local people and companies, police are on the location.

“The MPS strongly urge those that are participating on this demo to go residence. Failure to take action could end in enforcement motion being taken.”

Earlier within the day, 1000’s of individuals gathered in central London to protest towards the coronavirus vaccine rollout and the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

Those protesting towards vaccines gathered in Parliament Square on Saturday. Many had travelled from exterior the capital.

Some claimed the pandemic is a hoax whereas others carried placards studying “My physique, my alternative”, and protested towards the thought of vaccine passports.

Several individuals set off smoke bombs and one launched a firework.

One man, who didn’t give his title, stated he had come “as a result of I need to be free and I would like you to be free and the Government are mendacity to us”.

Another stated she had attended as a result of the press “are mendacity to us”.

By round 1.20pm, the gang had began to disperse and head up Whitehall.

After the gang dispersed from Parliament Square, it headed up Whitehall previous Leicester Square and in direction of Hyde Park.

Among the gang was tv presenter and nutritionist Gillian McKeith.

She wrote on-line: “Show up as we speak. Do not complain about freedoms being taken away if you’re not exhibiting up. Cancel the rest in the way in which as we speak. You should be there……”

Hundreds of Kill The Bill demonstrators additionally gathered in London’s Russell Square to protest towards the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

Proposals within the new invoice embrace placing begin and end occasions on protests and noise limits. Under the brand new guidelines those that injury memorials might additionally face jail sentences of as much as ten years.

The invoice might additionally broaden stop-and-search powers and contains an offence of “deliberately or recklessly inflicting public nuisance.”

It is designed to cease individuals occupying public areas and doing issues similar to hanging off bridges or attaching themselves to monuments.

The Met issued an open letter to these protesting on Saturday.

The police drive “urged individuals to conform with the restrictions that apply to massive gatherings.”

Last week, seven protesters had been arrested at a pro-Palestine demonstration in London.

People participate in an anti-vaccine protest in Parliament Square

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Chief Superintendent Andy Walker stated that regardless of arrests the protest went forward “safely and with out incident”.

He stated: “We noticed a big variety of individuals collect in central London to participate in an indication.

“Our policing plan was efficiently applied and I’m happy that the principle occasion was facilitated safely and with out incident.

“We reacted rapidly to the choice by a small group to interrupt away from the principle protest and the place offences had been recognized, arrests had been made.”