Detentions have reportedly taken place in Hyde Park, Oxford Street and near King’s Cross Station
British law enforcement officials detained 155 people in central London who were involved in a major protest against the quarantine in the country. This was reported in a message distributed on Saturday by the press service of the Metropolitan Police.
“Detentions were made in connection with violation of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, assault on a police officer and possession of drugs. The police took preventive measures to prevent people from gathering in groups and encouraged them to go home”, – the report says. The Traffic Police stopped several buses of people on their way to London to participate in the protests.
Earlier, Sky News reported that there were clashes between police officers and demonstrators throwing various items at police officers and lighting up counterfeiters. Detentions were reportedly carried out in Hyde Park, on Oxford Street Central Mall and near King’s Cross Station. The Daily Mail estimates that several thousand people took to the streets to protest the government’s response to the new coronavirus epidemic. The demonstrators shouted slogans: “Stop controlling us”, “No quarantine”, “Abolish masks” and “Shame on the police”.
Superintendent Stuart Bell, who led the police operation, said that the detentions “were a direct consequence of the law being broken by these individuals, who in some cases were aggressive towards police officers and obstructed traffic”. On the eve of the planned action, the London police issued a warning that public events were prohibited and would be suppressed under quarantine conditions.