The police said the arrests had been made for different offences including assaulting a police officer, possession of drugs, and breaching coronavirus restrictions. England’s current lockdown ends on December 2.
police and anti-lockdown demonstrators in London. Protesters are calling
for an end to lockdown restrictions. #lockdown
Clashes between police and anti-lockdown demonstrators in London. Protesters are calling for an end to lockdown restrictions. #lockdown #Antilockdown #antilockdownprotest @StandUpX2 pic.twitter.com/SU26SAhf3q— Urban Pictures (@Urban_Pictures) November 28, 2020
Protesters gathered in Hyde Park. It is noted that most of them were without face masks and did not observe the social distance. During the action, people chanted to law enforcement agencies "shame on you" and "choose your side."
"This type of behavior not only breaks the law, it also risks spreading the virus between multiple areas of the country. It is for this reason that we urge people not to travel into London and this is also why we will be taking appropriate enforcement action if this happens," Chief Superintendent Stuart Bell said.
As we reported earlier, the British government reported that it was working with Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland to ease Covid-19 restrictions over Christmas to allow families to get together.
Cabinet Minister Michael Gove discussed the issue with the first ministers of the devolved administrations on Saturday and they agreed it was important for families and friends to meet in a careful and limited way while recognizing it would not be a normal festive period.