London: Police officers injured in scuffles as thousands join anti-lockdown protests

Groups protesting against passport vaccines and tighter lockdown measures have gathered in London (Image: Rex/Getty)

Anti-lockdown protesters threw beer cans and clashed with police in London on the day Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a ‘major incident’ due to Covid.

Controversy erupted as thousands gathered to protest against vaccine passports.

Several officers suffered minor injuries while attempting to escort a police motorcyclist through the area next to Parliament Square around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Video of the protest posted on social media shows scuffles between police and protesters.

Then at around 3 p.m., a group of protesters stopped outside a store on Regents Street, police said.

They began ‘directly abusing’ people inside and throwing eggs at the store until police intervened, ending the incident.

No injuries have been reported and the Met says no arrests have been made.

About an hour later, another group stopped on Whitehall, on Downing Street, and threw beer and flares at the officers.

The protest was called after MPs approved a plan to introduce Covid passes (Image: Shutterstock)
There were scuffles outside Downing Street (Image: Shutterstock)
The protests come as Omicron cases soar in the capital (Image: Shutterstock)
The Met said its officers were subjected to abuse and violence (Image: PA)

The Met said: ‘Unfortunately, officers elsewhere on Whitehall were also subjected to abuse and physical abuse. As a result, several officers were injured. ‘

It comes as Mr Khan has again placed London in a state of emergency due to the rapid spread of Omicron in the capital.

The mayor’s office said declaring a major incident would allow authorities to work together and support each other to reduce service disruptions and give more time to put in place enhanced measures.

Mr Khan said: ‘The increase in Omicron variant cases across our capital is very worrying, so we are once again declaring a major incident due to the threat of Covid-19 to the UK. with our city.

‘The Omicron variant has quickly become dominant, with the number of cases rapidly increasing and the number of patients using Covid-19 in our hospital increasing again.

‘We are already feeling the impact across the capital and while we are still learning about this variation, it is true that key London agencies work closely together to minimize the impact on the city our services, including helping to protect a vital immunization program.’

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