Anti-lockdown cultists, many of them from the far-right, scuffled with police in London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday, resulting in injured people from both sides and several arrests.
Tempers flared as the protesters shouted at the police, who responded by pulling out truncheons and pushing the feisty crowd to retreat. At least two protesters could be seen with blood on their faces, while at least one police officer was taken away with a bandaged head.
The UK has seen a sharp rise of infection cases in recent days, with the government responding with a series of measures including, banning social gatherings of more than six people; limiting opening hours for pubs and restaurants; and making face masks compulsory for bar staff and non-seated costumers.
The measures are in effect in England, Scotland, and Wales and those who flout the rules are subject to fines starting from £200 (€219/$255). Last Saturday, thousands of protesters joined demonstrations around Trafalgar Square, where some of them clashed with police and more than 30 were arrested.