April 14, 2021

Massive anti-lockdown protests in London and across Western Europe today

Arrests during anti-lockdown protests in London

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Massive anti-lockdown protests in London and across Western Europe today

Thousands of people have attended anti-lockdown demonstrations in London, after MPs urged the government to allow peaceful protest during lockdown.

Crowds marched from Hyde Park to Westminster, with at least 33 arrests by police, mostly for Covid breaches.

Scotland Yard said the number of people attending Saturday’s demonstrations exceeded expectations.

The Home Office said it was still illegal for people to attend protests under the current coronavirus rules.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor told the BBC more people than previously expected were at Saturday’s protests, but the Met has not given a formal estimate of the number in attendance.

BBC correspondent Marianna Spring, reporting from the anti-lockdown protests, said the atmosphere was “animated” and a number of people appeared to be angry about restrictions on peaceful protest.

Later, in Hyde Park, police officers were forced to run back to their vans, as protesters threw bottles and cans at them.

PA Media reported that some members of the public then left the park, with small children carried by their parents.

Covid: Arrests during anti-lockdown protests in London

News links:

London:

MyLondon: London protests: Live updates as ‘thousands’ of protesters block roads leading to arrests

Mirror: Police filmed clashing with anti-lockdown protesters as trouble erupts in LondonLaurence Fox branded a ‘complete muppet’ as he joins anti-lockdown protest in London

Sky News: COVID-19: Anti-lockdown protests in London as MPs call for restrictions ease for campaigners

BBC News: Covid: Anti-lockdown protests as MPs call for law change

Evening Standard: Anti-lockdown protesters clash with police in central London a week after Sarah Everard vigil

The Sun: COVID CLASHES Anti-lockdown mob clashes with cops at demo in London after police warned protesters will be arrested

LBC News: Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters descend on central London despite police warning

Sputnik: Londoners Take to Streets to Join Worldwide Anti-COVID Lockdown Protests

Yahoo: First arrests made at anti-lockdown protest at London’s Hyde Park Corner

Daily Express: London protests: Police arrest demonstrators as major road blocked – Met issues warning

The London Economic: Covidiots? Londoners told not to join today’s lockdown protests or attend Piers Corbyn’s mayoral bid rally

Live video from Ruptly; Another live video as of 18:50 GMT; Live again from Ruptly as of 19:19 GMT

Edinburgh:

Edinburgh Live: Covid Scotland: Anti-lockdown protestors head to Edinburgh but plan for mass shop reopening flopsEdinburgh anti-lockdown protesters clash with police as cops swarm Meadows

Manchester, UK:

Manchester Evening News: Hundreds demonstrate in Manchester city centre as at least three separate protests take place

Ireland:

Independent.ie: Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters gather in Phoenix Park

Belfast Telegraph: Eleven protesters arrested at latest anti-lockdown demonstration in Dublin

France:

France 24: Protesters occupy Paris theatres to protest against Covid-19 shutdowns

Germany:

RTE: Police clash with Covid protesters in German city

Daily Mail: Covid third wave grips Europe: Police clash with demonstrators as huge anti-lockdown protests break out in Germany and Switzerland while streets of Paris lay empty on first day of new shutdown

i24 News: Germany: Police disperse anti-lockdown protesters in Kassel

City News Toronto: Germany: police clash with protesters against virus measures

DW: Coronavirus skeptics protest despite rising infectionsGermany: Anti-lockdown protest turns violent in Kassel

Euronews: Far right protest COVID-19 restrictions in German cities

MSN: Huge anti-lockdown protests break out in Germany

RTL: German police clash with Covid protesters

Yahoo!: Police use water cannon as German lockdown protest turns violent

Netherlands:

RT: Dutch police shower anti-lockdown protesters with water cannons after crowd assembles near Van Gogh Museum (VIDEOS)

Sputnik: Amsterdam Police Use Water Cannons to Disperse Protest Against Coronavirus Measures – Photo, Video

Euro Weekly News: Amsterdam Police Use Water Cannons on Covid Protesters

Poland:

UrduPoint: Rally Against COVID-19 Lockdown Underway In Warsaw

Sweden:

The Local: Police in Sweden brace for violence ahead of Saturday protests against Covid measures

The anti-lockdown protests came after a vigil following the death of Sarah Everard in south London last week resulted in arrests, as police enforced Covid and public order laws.

Earlier, more than 60 MPs and peers wrote to the home secretary calling for laws to be changed to allow peaceful protests during lockdown.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey blamed the scenes at the Clapham event on a lack of clarity putting police “in an impossible position”, adding that the right to protest was a “basic freedom”.

Thousands of tightly-packed anti-lockdown protesters marched up Whitehall with some chanting “freedom” to the beat of a drum.

One man carried a placard bearing the words “no more NHS and Gov lies”.

I have seen very few demonstrators wearing masks and there’s no attempt at social distancing. So far the police – who are here in large numbers – have been taking a hands-off approach, though I have seen at least one arrest on Whitehall.

Among the crowd there are undoubtedly some conspiracy theorists, with some accusing the mainstream media of pushing fake news. But that is by no means everyone here.

One woman, who did not want to be named, told me she knew Covid was bad. “I had it myself last March,” she said. “But this lockdown is too much.”

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The letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel, organised by campaign groups Liberty and Big Brother Watch, urged her to issue guidance to police forces on “facilitating” protests.

The initial organisers of the Sarah Everard vigil effectively lost a High Court battle to hold it lawfully the day before, resulting in its cancellation.

But hundreds attended Clapham Common to gather around tributes left on a bandstand – the Met Police said the gathering became unlawful after people began delivering speeches to the crowd.

Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK’s chief scientific adviser, told MPs earlier this month that protests elsewhere had not resulted in a spike in infections and that outdoor gatherings were safer than indoors, though not risk free.

He said: “It is the case that it is difficult to see how things like large beach gatherings and so on can cause a spike. The same was the case in a protest march in New York; they did not really see any spikes after that.

“It is lower risk, but the other thing that can happen with outdoor events, and so on, is that, when indoor things are also open, you start to get people congregating indoors around that. That can increase risk, but outdoors itself is lower risk.”

Source: BBC

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