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Protesters and police officer hurt in clashes at anti-lockdown rally in central London

Written by on 26 September 2020

Some protesters and police have been treated by medical staff during clashes at an anti-lockdown protest in London’s Trafalgar Square.

Dozens of officers wore riot helmets as they penned in demonstrators and tried to shut down the rally, which was attended by thousands.

Crowds threw bottles at the officers and chanted “pick your side”, while police used batons against them and left some with visible injuries.

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Some protesters and officers have been hurt

The Metropolitan Police released a statement saying those who stayed could face criminal penalties.

“Crowds in Trafalgar Square have not complied with the conditions of their risk assessment and are putting people in danger of transmitting the virus,” it read.

“This has voided their risk assessment and we have informed the event organisers they are no longer exempt from the regulations.

“We are now asking those in Trafalgar Square to leave. Officers will be engaging with crowds and informing them of this development.”

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People take part in a 'We Do Not Consent' rally at Trafalgar Square in London, organised by Stop New Normal, to protest against coronavirus restrictions. Pic: PA
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Thousands turned up to rally at Trafalgar Square

A post on a Met Police Twitter page read that some crowds had moved towards Hyde Park.

“We want to be clear, this protest is no longer exempt from the regulations. We are asking those attending to disperse,” it read.

“Sadly, some officers have been injured while engaging with people.”

Conspiracy theorist David Icke earlier addressed the rally as they repeatedly chanted “freedom”.