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Covid: Anti-coronavirus lockdown protesters clash with police as dozens arrested | ITV News

Published on 11 Oct 2021 / In News & Politics

Anti-Covid lockdown protesters have clashed with police in central London, injuring "several", throwing bottles, cans as they were urged to go home.

Earlier in the day, thousands marched through the streets of the capital carrying placards with slogans such as "Fear Westmonster not the virus" and "Stop destroying our kids' lives", while others argued the restrictions designed to reduce transmission of the deadly disease are anti-free speech.

The Metropolitan Police said 36 people had been arrested, the majority for breaching coronavirus restrictions.

While most demonstrators dispersed after the march finished, around 100 returned to Hyde Park where they threw bottles and cans at police, forcing them to retreat to their vans.

They then chased, kicked and punched police vehicles as they were urged to go home.

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