Met Police officers clashed with a group of protesters in Leicester Square during the StandUpX March for Freedom protest in London today. They were seen waving batons during the scuffles
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Police waving batons were seen clashing with demonstrators in footage of an anti-lockdown protest in central London today.
A group of Met Police officers clashed with a man in a red T-shirt who fell to the ground during the disturbance as they ordered people nearby to “stay the f*** back”.
Footage also shows a man in a green jacket being led away in handcuffs outside M&M’s World in Leicester Square.
Thousands of anti-lockdown demonstrators marched through London for the StandUpX March for Freedom protest which opposed the coronavirus Tier 2 restrictions which came into force in the capital today.
Led by former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers, demonstrators chanted conspiracy theories such as “stick your poison vaccine up your a*se”, “take off your masks” and “we are the 99%” as they walked down Oxford Street.
Some carried conspiracy-encouraging placards blaming the virus on the new 5G network, while others claimed the virus itself was a hoax.
“There’s plenty of things that can kill you, you know, it could happen any day,” said protester Aragorn Kyley, 17.
“It’s about living, not just surviving. We want to be able to enjoy our lives, not just be stuck at home.”
This bans people from meeting anybody outside their household or “support bubble” – including friends or relatives who help to care for children – in any indoor setting.
Piers Corbyn, who has previously been fined the maximum £10,000 for his anti-lockdown protests, also took part in a demonstration in Soho on Friday night.
“To oppose the lockdowns, to oppose job losses caused by lockdowns, to oppose all of of it.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed they had detained a man but said it was not directly related to the protest.
“At around 15:00hrs on Saturday, 17 October, officers on patrol in Leicester square were approached by a man who said his friend had just been threatened by another man with a knife.
“He was removed from the area and searched. Nothing was found and he then went on his way.
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