London lockdown protesters urged to follow Covid rules

London lockdown protesters urged to follow Covid rules

  • Met also says violence at Saturday’s protest in Trafalgar Square will not be tolerated

Protesters taking part in an anti-lockdown demonstration in London have been urged to abide by coronavirus restrictions and warned that violence will not be tolerated.

Saturday’s protest in Trafalgar Square comes a week after a separate event during which more than a dozen officers were injured when a “small minority” targeted police and more than 32 arrests were made.

Facebook groups and other social media channels being used to organise the event indicate that large numbers are planning to travel into the city from other parts of the country, using public transport and other means.

The rally will come six months after the Coronavirus Act 2020 – which gives the government powers to impose lockdowns – came into force.
A coalition of groups, who draw support from 5G conspiracy theorists, coronavirus sceptics and anti-vaxxers, are involved in this weekend’s demonstration. Speakers are expected to include the conspiracy theorist David Icke.

Another event, billed as a “People’s network and family picnic”, is also being organised by the same activists for Sunday in Hyde Park.