Thousands of anti-lockdown protesters descended on central London today as the latest round of coronavirus restrictions took effect.
Activists marched through Hyde Park and Oxford Street to demand an end to the new strict restrictions as the capital entered Level 2 of the government’s Covid alert system.
Led by Piers Corbyn, brother of the former Labor leader, protesters chanted “stick your poison shot in your ass”, “take off your masks” and “we are the 99%”.
Some carried placards blaming the Covid-19 pandemic on the new 5G network, while others claimed the virus itself was a hoax.
The city’s move to the ‘high risk’ category means Londoners are now banned from domestic mixing indoors, while the rule of six remains in effect outdoors.
A number of protesters carried signs reading “my body, my choice” – a slogan borrowed from the pro-choice movement.
One of the organizers told a splinter group outside Downing Street: “Human flu has shut down our country and crushed our economy.”
Mr Corbyn, who had previously been fined up to £ 10,000 for his anti-lockdown rallies, also took part in a protest in Soho on Friday evening.
“We are here to drink against the curfew,” he said.
“Oppose lockdowns, oppose job losses caused by lockdowns, oppose it all.
“The whole thing should be lifted now.”
Scotland Yard reported just one arrest in Saturday’s action.
Metropolitan Police said the protesters complied with legal requirements allowing them to assemble into a group of more than six by completing and complying with a risk assessment.
“The officers monitored the demonstration throughout the day ensuring compliance with the risk assessment and in the event of a deviation from the risk assessment, the officers engaged, explained and encouraged compliance. of regulations, ”the force said.
“Law enforcement remains the last resort and at 4:45 pm a man was arrested on suspicion of assault. He was taken into custody.
The man was arrested in Trafalgar Square.