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Thousands of people gathered in London to protest against anti-coronavirus lockdown

Crowd protesting in front of the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square on Saturday afternoon.

The yesterday demonstration, which took place on Trafalgar Square, started in early afternoon and continued for hours. Protestants showed up to express their disagreement with anti-coronavirus lockdown and new social-distancing restrictions.

The organisers of demonstration spoke in front of the crowd about Covid-19 situation and their speeches were followed by wholesale applause and clapping.

“Personally, I am not scared of Covid-19. I think the government lies to us and tries to take our freedom from us. I feel like there is something wrong with the whole situation so I came along to express my disapproval.”, said one of the protestants.

People could watch part of the protest online via twitter account Politicalite UK, which was live-streaming right from the Trafalgar Square. As seen on the live stream, many of protestants were also not wearing any face coverings.

https://twitter.com/politicalite/status/1309811106802663426

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, also commented on demonstration via his official twitter account and urged people to leave the square.

Another similar demonstration took place on Trafalgar Square last weekend, but less protestants participated in it. Units of Metropolitan police supervised both events and were ready to strike in order to maintain peace.

Commander Ade Adelekan, who led both operations, told Independent: “Last weekend it was highly disappointing to see that a small minority of demonstrators targeted officers with violence.”

He added: “I will not tolerate a repeat of this behaviour this weekend and officers will respond quickly to any scenes of violence.”

Metropolitan police officers later dispersed the crowd as protestants did not follow the rule of six, which came to force on Monday 14th September.