In videos and photos shared on social media, tens of thousands of protesters were seen gathering and marching without face masks. Protesters, waving banners and chanting “freedom”, march through central London.
Those in attendance are protesting against coronavirus lockdowns and vaccine passports.
Met police confirmed that at least eight police officers were injured as the protest turned violent and five people were arrested.
A police statement said: “Eight police officers were injured while working to disperse the crowds in Hyde Park this evening.
“Two officers were taken to the hospital.
“Fortunately, they are not supposed to be seriously injured.
“Five people have been arrested for offenses including assaulting the police and are currently in detention.”
But following the protest, many claimed protesters would be quick to get vaccinated if they were banned from traveling abroad.
An Express.co.uk reader said: “Most of them refuse to receive the jab.
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Someone else called them “Covidiots” and said the protest was the reason “the lockdowns and restrictions are still in place”.
A fourth reader from Express.co.uk said: “The way they act, it won’t be long before tighter locks are needed.”
Another said everyone at the protest should be “arrested and fined” to a level they cannot afford.
Someone else said, “Is there nothing better God can do?
“London is a cesspool populated by too many people whose main goal in life is to create chaos and lawlessness, as a country we allow these people to function too freely.”
A sixth person said: “We want freedom.
“Yes, the freedom to catch COVID and spread it to others who obey the rules.
“Many are professional protesters.
“They’re going to protest everything and love to sow discontent.”
Another person added: “Absolutely shocking behavior.
“They will be the ones who moan if we go into another lockdown, but they will be the cause.
“What’s wrong with covid passports until it’s all clear?”
“Typical of Corbyn’s numbness. Not a brain between them.”
Piers Corbyn, the older brother of former Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, was spotted during the protest.
Mr Corbyn has strongly criticized the Covid lockdowns and in May 2020 he was arrested during an anti-lockdown protest.
He has come together with hundreds of others to oppose their rights to freedom of expression and movement being restricted.
Colorful banners and posters were carried by protesters, calling for an immediate end to the lockdown rules.
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This notice was published: 2021-04-25 18:54:00