Coronavirus London: Anti-lockdown protesters clash with police

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Anti-lockdown and Million Mask March protestors clash with police in London over the new coronavirus restrictions

Metropolitan Police were were called to Trafalgar Square during protest against second national lockdownFour demonstrators, one of whom was wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, were arrested near Charing Cross StationSome attendees carried placards as others filmed police while shouting 'freedom' and 'take our country back'

By Raven Saunt For Mailonline

Published: 19:45 GMT, 5 November 2020 | Updated: 20:24 GMT, 5 November 2020

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Anti-lockdown and Million Mask March protestors have clashed with police in London over the new coronavirus restrictions.

Officers were called to Trafalgar Square, London, earlier this evening during a protest against the second national lockdown as well as the law around wearing masks.  

Four demonstrators, one of whom was wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, were arrested by police officers near the gates of Charing Cross Station. 

Officers were called to Trafalgar Square, London, earlier this evening during a protest against the second national lockdown and the law around wearing masks

Metropolitan Police officers, who were wearing face masks, carried one man away from the crowds after detaining him earlier this evening

Many of the demonstrators carried placards - one of which read: 'No more lockdown, no more cover ups, no more masks, no more lies!'

One of the protestors chanted through a megaphone as another, wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, carried a  placard that read: 'Don't panic, your government have everything under control'  

Police vans lined the Strand as officers from both the City of London and Metropolitan Police forces urged protesters to go home with one officer shouting at a group: 'You are breaking the law'

Police vans lined the Strand as officers from both the City of London and Metropolitan Police forces urged protesters to go home with one officer shouting at a group: 'You are breaking the law.' 

Many of the demonstrators carried placards - one of which read: 'No more lockdown, no more cover ups, no more masks, no more lies!'

Other attendees filmed officers while shouting 'freedom' and 'take our country back'.  

The Metropolitan Police has since condemned the group's action in a tweet that read: 'A small group have gathered in #TrafalgarSquare to protest tonight.

'Officers are talking with those there and directing them to go home. If they do not, officers will take enforcement action. 

'We remain in a national health crisis and new heightened restrictions have been brought in to limit the spread of Coronavirus. 

'This action is being taken to keep everyone safe. A policing plan will remain in place throughout the night.'    

Some attendees covered their faces with 'Guy Fawkes' masks as they ran through the streets of the capital earlier today to protest against the lockdown and use of face masks

Police detained one protester during the Million Mask March anti-establishment protest at Trafalgar Square in London earlier tonight

Anti-lockdown and Million Mask March protestors have clashed with police in London as officers apprehend one of the detainees

It later issued an update that the protestors had started to make their way through the capital as they continued to ignore officer demands. 

The force said: 'A large crowd of protesters are at Oxford Street and continue to gather.

'Arrests have been made as demonstrators failed to comply with the directions of officers.

'We continue to urge people to go home. We remain in a health crisis.'

England today entered its second national coronavirus lockdown which is due to last until December 2. 

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