welve individuals have been arrested as a crowd of anti-lockdown protesters marched on south London.
A bunch of round 30 individuals took to Clapham Excessive Road on Saturday afternoon chanting “take your freedom again”.
Fellow members of the general public responded with fury, with one girl shouting from her automotive: “There’s a pandemic occurring, you t***s.”
The Metropolitan police stated 12 individuals have been arrested and brought into custody.
Dozens of officers have been deployed to Clapham Frequent to try to include the protest, which was organised by the group StandupX and commenced shortly after noon.
Bystanders known as the maskless protesters “idiots” as they headed east in the direction of Stockwell.
The small group of demonstrators finally returned to Clapham Frequent park earlier than being dispersed by police.
NHS England figures confirmed the variety of Covid sufferers in London hospitals stands at 7,277, up 32 per cent on the earlier week.
The Met tweeted: “12 individuals have been arrested for breaching Covid regs at a protest in #ClaphamCommon for as we speak. All have been taken into custody.
“Others in attendance have been dispersed. The policing operation continues. Gathering for the aim of a protest just isn’t an exemption to the foundations & and folks trying to attend could face enforcement motion.”
The group was additionally concerned in a protest in Parliament Sq. earlier this week by which 21 individuals have been arrested, and its social media accounts known as for “1000’s” to affix the march.
Nonetheless, an open letter from Scotland Yard stated the pressure was “conscious” of teams trying to collect to protest, and strongly suggested individuals to not attend any public conferences.
It learn: “The MPS strongly advises individuals to not attend any gathering, for the safety of yourselves and others.
“We’re nonetheless in the midst of a world pandemic.”
The assertion added: “Cops will take applicable enforcement motion the place needed.
“It’s your duty to examine the present place and guarantee you aren’t committing an offence by being concerned in a gathering.
“We urge anybody arranging a gathering to tell your native police.”
The pressure stated the general public ought to count on officers to be extra “inquisitive” about why they’re “out and about” throughout England’s third nationwide lockdown.
Folks not carrying masks when they need to be “and with out good cause” may anticipated to be “fined – not reasoned with”.