Covid: Clashes as police shut down protest over new rules


Police have clashed with demonstrators at a rally in London protesting the latest coronavirus restrictions.

Police officers used batons to control the crowd, after bottles and water were thrown by thousands of demonstrators massed in Trafalgar Square.

At least three protesters and four officers were injured.

The Met Police said the protest was being shut down because the crowd was not complying with social distancing rules and warned fines would be issued.

Thousands had gathered in central London to protest against the latest government rules, with very few wearing masks.

Protests are exempt from the rule-of-six restrictions, but demonstrators must social distance.

Organisers must also submit a risk assessment.

Rules in England limit indoor and outdoor gatherings to six people, with some exceptions.

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Protesters against the government’s coronavirus restrictions are rallying in central London

Officers penned the crowd in Trafalgar Square as water and bottles were thrown at them by demonstrators – with some chanting “pick your side”.

Two police officers required hospital treatment.

Skip Twitter post by @MetPoliceEvents

Ten people have been arrested following demonstrations in Trafalgar Square, which moved to Hyde Park.

Sadly, four of our officers have been injured, two require hospital treatment.

We continue to urge crowds to disperse. This protest is no longer exempt from the regulations.

— MPS Events (@MetPoliceEvents) September 26, 2020

End of Twitter post by @MetPoliceEvents

Police removed sound equipment and used batons against protesters, leaving some with visible injuries. Several protesters were led away in handcuffs.

The majority of demonstrators in Trafalgar Square have now been dispersed by police but the Met said some had moved to Hyde Park.

Demonstrators were asked to leave and the force said anyone who stayed could be subject to enforcement.

In a statement, the Met said: “Crowds in Trafalgar Square have not complied with the conditions of their risk assessment and are putting people in danger of transmitting the virus.

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

“By leaving now, you can keep yourself safe and avoid any enforcement action being taken by officers,” the statement added.

Earlier, police confiscated a makeshift riot shield from one man.

The “we do not consent” rally came a week after a separate event which saw more than a dozen officers injured when a “small minority” targeted police and more than 32 arrests were made.

Commander Ade Adelekan, who is leading the Met operation, previously said that while there was “great frustration” at the regulations, they were designed to keep people safe from the virus.

“By flagrantly gathering in large numbers and ignoring social distancing, you are putting your health and the health of your loved ones at risk,” he said.

He added that he would not tolerate police being targeted during protests and officers would “respond quickly to any scenes of violence”.

Story appeared first at

Like it? Share with your friends!


What's Your Reaction?

Love It Love It
Love It
Hate It Hate It
Hate It
Wow Wow
Sad Sad
agree agree
disagree disagree
confused confused
lol lol
omg omg


FiWEH Community

Create a post and share your stories, videos, polls, trending lists, photos, memes and more with us!

Choose A Format
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
Soundcloud or Mixcloud Embeds
Youtube, Vimeo or Vine Embeds
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
The Classic Internet Listicles
Personality quiz
Series of questions that intends to reveal something about the personality
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
The Classic Internet Countdowns
Open List
Submit your own item and vote up for the best submission
Ranked List
Upvote or downvote to decide the best list item
Photo or GIF
Upload your own images to make custom memes