An anti-lockdown protest in Central London on the day restrictions have officially ended has turned ugly with police officers being pelted with bottles.
The alarming development has come on what has been labelled ‘Freedom Day’ as England rolls back coronavirus guidance on Monday, July 19.
But despite the relaxation, hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters have descended on Westminster to protest against the restrictions.
In the disturbing video filmed in Parliament Square, a large crowd can be seen swarming a group of police officers and their parked van.
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As the officers try and maintain the peace they are shoved and verbally abused before bottles are thrown.
It is at this point the officers retreat and the video ends.
Many people took to Twitter to point out how all restrictions in England have now ended.
One person tweeted: “Do they realise that today is literally freedom day?
“Are they okay?”
Another person said: “We’re not in a lockdown any more fellas.”
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My London has approached the Metropolitan Police for more information on the incident.
The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that a task force has been sent down to control the crowd in a tweet.
It reads: “We are responding to a demonstration in Parliament Square this afternoon. A group have blocked the road which is causing traffic disruption.
“Officers are on scene, speaking with those taking part in the protest and looking to ease congestion as soon as possible.”
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