London – 36 people arrested due to protests against Covid19 lockdown

London - 36 people arrested due to protests against Covid19 lockdown

London – 36 people arrested due to protests against Covid19 lockdown

London police arrested dozens of people Saturday after thousands turned out in the British capital to protest against ongoing coronavirus lockdown restrictions, with the city’s police force in the spotlight over its officer’s conduct after a series of recent incidents.

The Metropolitan Police Service said it had made 36 arrests, most for breaching months-old virus regulations that outlaw leaving home except for a limited number of reasons.

After the crowd marched through central London, a group of around 100 returned to the park and there were reports of scuffles and of the contingent throwing bottles and cans at officers. 

On Saturday, 60 members of the British Parliament signed a letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel, demanding her to review some of the lockdown regulations and allow peaceful protests.

Anti-lockdown demonstrations numbering hundreds or even several thousand people have occurred regularly during the pandemic, often resulting in a small number of arrests. 

The anti-lockdown protests came after a vigil following the death of Sarah Everard in south London last week resulted in arrests, as police enforced Covid and public order laws.