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Coronavirus - 26th September

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:Covid-19: Coronavirus - 26th September

Post by Kitkat on Sat Sep 26 2020, 16:06

Anti-coronavirus restrictions protest 'being shut down' over lack of social distancing
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Large crowds gathered in Trafalgar Square

The Met Police are shutting down an anti-coronavirus restrictions protest in London because crowds have "not complied" with social distancing rules.

Demonstrators have been asked to leave and the force said anyone who stayed could be subject to enforcement.
Thousands gathered in Trafalgar Square to protest against government rules, with very few wearing masks.
Protests are exempt from the rule-of-six restrictions, but demonstrators must social distance.
Organisers must also submit a risk assessment.
Rules in England limit indoor and outdoor gatherings to six people, with some exceptions.

In a statement, the Met said: "Crowds in Trafalgar Square have not complied with the conditions of their risk assessment and are putting people in danger of transmitting the virus.
"This has voided their risk assessment and we have informed the event organisers they are no longer exempt from the regulations."
"By leaving now, you can keep yourself safe and avoid any enforcement action being taken by officers," the statement added.
The force said many protesters were not maintaining social distancing, a term of the risk assessment submitted by event organisers.
Earlier, police confiscated a makeshift riot shield from one man.
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The "we do not consent" rally comes a week after a separate event which saw more than a dozen officers injured when a "small minority" targeted police and more than 32 arrests were made.

Commander Ade Adelekan, who is leading the Met operation, previously said that while there was "great frustration" at the regulations, they were designed to keep people safe from the virus.

"By flagrantly gathering in large numbers and ignoring social distancing, you are putting your health and the health of your loved ones at risk," he said.

He added that he would not tolerate police being targeted during protests and officers would "respond quickly to any scenes of violence".
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:Covid-19: Re: Coronavirus - 26th September

Post by Kitkat on Sat Sep 26 2020, 18:19

Police have clashed with demonstrators at a rally in London protesting the latest coronavirus restrictions.
Police officers used batons to control the crowd, after bottles and water were thrown by thousands of demonstrators massed in Trafalgar Square.
At least three protesters and four officers were injured.
The Met Police said the protest was being shut down because the crowd was not complying with social distancing rules and warned fines would be issued.
Thousands had gathered in central London to protest against the latest government rules, with very few wearing masks.

Protests are exempt from the rule-of-six restrictions, but demonstrators must social distance.
Organisers must also submit a risk assessment.
Rules in England limit indoor and outdoor gatherings to six people, with some exceptions.

Officers penned the crowd in Trafalgar Square as water and bottles were thrown at them by demonstrators - with some chanting "pick your side".

Two police officers required hospital treatment.

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Police removed sound equipment and used batons against protesters, leaving some with visible injuries. Several protesters were led away in handcuffs.

The majority of demonstrators in Trafalgar Square have now been dispersed by police but the Met said some had moved to Hyde Park.
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Demonstrators were asked to leave and the force said anyone who stayed could be subject to enforcement.

In a statement, the Met said: "Crowds in Trafalgar Square have not complied with the conditions of their risk assessment and are putting people in danger of transmitting the virus.

"This has voided their risk assessment and we have informed the event organisers they are no longer exempt from the regulations.

"By leaving now, you can keep yourself safe and avoid any enforcement action being taken by officers," the statement added.

Earlier, police confiscated a makeshift riot shield from one man.

The "we do not consent" rally came a week after a separate event which saw more than a dozen officers injured when a "small minority" targeted police and more than 32 arrests were made.

Commander Ade Adelekan, who is leading the Met operation, previously said that while there was "great frustration" at the regulations, they were designed to keep people safe from the virus.

"By flagrantly gathering in large numbers and ignoring social distancing, you are putting your health and the health of your loved ones at risk," he said.

He added that he would not tolerate police being targeted during protests and officers would "respond quickly to any scenes of violence".

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