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Thousands of Protesters Gathered for Anti- lockdown Measures in London


At least 15,000 protesters have today gathered on Trafalgar Square and Hyde Park in London to sound against the lockdown restrictions in UK without wearing masks or keeping a social distance measures.

The demonstrations come after the tight lockdown measures implemented the government starting from  6pm today against the rising coronavirus cases in UK .

From Saturday 26 September, residents and visitors in Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Leeds will no longer be allowed to mix with people outside their household or bubble in private homes, including gardens.

The restrictions imposed by Boris Johnson nationwide includes, The hospitality sector will be restricted to table service only. Face coverings must be worn in taxis and private hire vehicles, and by retail staff while at work.  Pubs, bars and restaurants in England will be ordered to close by 10pm each night. Customers in indoor hospitality will also have to wear face coverings - except while seated at a table to eat or drink. 

The exemptions to the rule of six will be reduced, banning indoor team sport - such as indoor five-a-side football matches. The planned return of spectators to sports venues will now not go ahead from October 1. Wedding ceremonies and receptions will be capped at 15 people from September 28. 

Demonstrators in Trafalgar Square chanted: “We will win” as placards saying “Think before it is illegal” and “Obey” were held aloft.

Attendees of the 'We Do Not Consent' rally ditched their masks as they crammed into the public square this afternoon.

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 organizers 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.

Crowds, who were also warned that violence would not be tolerated at the gathering, carried placards reading 'is this freedom?' and 'end the crazy rules' as they flocked to central London for the demonstration. 

Protests are exempt from the rule-of-six restrictions, but demonstrators must social distance.

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

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