COVID-19: Large shopping center forced to close as anti-lockdown protest causes “significant disruption”

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COVID-19: Large shopping center forced to close as anti-lockdown protest causes “significant disruption”


Anti-lockdown protesters shut down one of the UK’s largest shopping centers on Saturday morning after forcing themselves in.

Protesters clashed with police as they pushed to enter Westfield Shopping Center in Shepherd’s Bush, in the west London.

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Anti-containment protesters gather in west London

Officers began forming a line of protection around the center around 4:30 p.m. as the protest heated up and police used batons to restrain protesters.

Some still managed to make their way into the building, and footage shows crowds standing at tables and chanting “What do you want?” Freedom! When do you want it? Now! “

The stores in the center had to close due to the protests and diners were urged to leave.

Twitter users described how store staff ‘barricaded themselves’ in stores as protests unfolded outside.

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The crowds tried to force their way into the building

Met Police said the incident caused “significant disruption to the community and local businesses.”

At 7:45 p.m., he confirmed that the area had calmed down.

Numerous protests took place throughout the day in central London and were largely peaceful with only a small group making their way to Westfield.

Thousands of people gathered to protest against the coronavirus vaccine rollout and the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

Police said they faced three separate protests throughout the day, two of which “ended without incident”.



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