Met warns protesters against joining London anti-lockdown rally

November 28, 2020

The Metropolitan police has warned people against joining a mass anti-lockdown protest due to take place on Saturday in central London, saying that such gatheringsare banned under current coronavirus legislation. A Met statement said: “Protest is not currently a permitted exemption to the prohibition on gatherings under the current coronavirus regulations. “Strict regulations have been […]

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Lockdown: Met apologises for arrest threats to journalists covering protest

November 7, 2020

Police showed ‘disregard of the the principles of a free media’, says Society of Editors Police block off Oxford Street, London, to contain protesters on the march on Thursday. Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images Scotland Yard has apologised after journalists and photographers covering an anti-lockdown protest were told to leave and threatened with arrest. Journalists at […]

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Police disperse fourth anti-lockdown march in London

October 24, 2020

Tens of thousands of people joined a march through central London against the coronavirus restrictions on Saturday afternoon, calling for an end to lockdowns and other measures they described as a threat to civil rights. Chanting and shouting at people to take off their masks, protesters marched a winding route through the centre of London, […]

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Extinction Rebellion ‘go floppy’ when arrested, complains senior Met officer

September 16, 2020

Protesters’ arrest tactic is a ‘pain in the neck’, Sir Stephen House tells committee hearing A spokeswoman for XR confirmed that its protesters were encouraged and trained to go limp when being arrested. Photograph: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Rex/Shutterstock One of Britain’s most senior police officers has launched an angry tirade against Extinction Rebellion protesters going “all floppy” […]

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Coronavirus sceptics, conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers protest in London

August 29, 2020

Thousands of protesters from across the UK gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday afternoon to protest against coronavirus restrictions and reject mass vaccinations. The event, which began at noon, drew a broad coalition including coronavirus sceptics, 5g conspiracy theorists and so-called “anti-vaxxers”. Carrying placards railing against the World Health Organization, Bill Gates and the […]

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Black organiser of UK anti-racism rally threatened with arrest

August 25, 2020

A black community activist has accused police of discrimination after he was threatened with arrest and prosecution for organising an upcoming anti-racism protest march in London. Ken Hinds has launched a legal challenge against the Metropolitan police after the force told him he was not qualified to call a demonstration under coronavirus health protection regulations […]

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Man urinates next to PC Keith Palmer memorial during far right protest

June 13, 2020

Photos emerge of man urinating next to plaque honouring officer stabbed in Westminster terrorist attack A far right protester urinates on the memorial to PC Keith Palmer outside the Houses of Parliament. Photograph: Thabo Jaiyesimi/Alamy Live News/Alamy Live News. A man has provoked outrage after being pictured urinating next to a memorial to PC Keith […]

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End the glorification of historic criminals like Colston and Clive | Letters

June 9, 2020

O n my way to Parliament Square for Saturday’s Black Lives Matter protest, I – for the first time – noticed the statue of Robert Clive in its place of honour near the Churchill War Rooms, a stone’s throw from 10 Downing Street and seemingly equidistant from Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Westminster. One […]

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Mass anti-racism protests take place in cities across UK

June 7, 2020

Tens of thousands of people attended protests across the UK on Sunday – including one where a statue of a slave trader was pulled down – after a week in which growing numbers defied calls from politicians and police to avoid mass gatherings to rally against racial injustice. In London, thousands gathered outside the US […]

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‘Just the beginning’: voices from the Black Lives Matter protest in London – video

June 7, 2020

Thousands of protesters gathered outside the US embassy in London on Sunday to show solidarity with demonstrators in America, where protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis continued into a second weekend. Crowds in the UK capital shouted slogans in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, calling for action to […]

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