Police make arrests at anti-lockdown protest in central London

Police have made a series of arrests at an anti-lockdown protest as large crowds gathered in central London.

Demonstrators made their way through the city with banners and placards, calling for "freedom" and an end to Covid-19 restrictions.

Police were deployed outside Buckingham Palace as crowds of protesters gathered on the steps of the Queen Victoria memorial opposite the gates, before making their way to Trafalgar Square.

Demonstrators called for an end to the "tyranny" of new rules amid the pandemic and voiced their opposition to vaccines.

At least two people were led away in handcuffs by officers at Trafalgar Square.

Piers Corbyn, brother of former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, also attended the protest.

The Metropolitan Police said at least 10 people were arrested and that the demonstration failed to comply with the terms of their risk assessment, Government guidelines and people were not maintaining social distancing.

There was some disruption on Westminster Bridge as officers tried to disperse crowds.

Earlier on Saturday, around 50 people gathered in Parliament Square for a protest organised by the Stop Trump Coalition.

26 PHOTOS
London lockdown protest
See Gallery
London lockdown protest
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 24: Police officers take into custody some protesters as members of StandUpX stage a protest against coronavirus (Covid-19) measures and vaccine in London, United Kingdom on October 24, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 24: Police officers take into custody some protesters as members of StandUpX stage a protest against coronavirus (Covid-19) measures and vaccine in London, United Kingdom on October 24, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 24: Police officers take into custody some protesters as members of StandUpX stage a protest against coronavirus (Covid-19) measures and vaccine in London, United Kingdom on October 24, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Demonstrators gather in Trafalgar Square during Unite for Freedom march through central London to protest against the restrictions and legislations imposed by the Government to control the spread of coronavirus, lockdowns, mandatory face masks and vaccines, on 24 October, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Demonstrators take part in Unite for Freedom march along Whitehall to protest against the restrictions and legislations imposed by the Government to control the spread of coronavirus, lockdowns, mandatory face masks and vaccines, on 24 October, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Demonstrators take part in Unite for Freedom march along Whitehall to protest against the restrictions and legislations imposed by the Government to control the spread of coronavirus, lockdowns, mandatory face masks and vaccines, on 24 October, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Demonstrator dressed as US President Donald Trump holds a syringe with hormones during a protest in Parliament Square against a post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and the USA on 24 October, 2020 in London, England. Protesters demonstrate against the possibility of opening the NHS to American healthcare companies, lowering food standards, deregulation of environmental and data privacy laws as part of the UK - US trade deal. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Demonstrators gather in Trafalgar Square during Unite for Freedom march through central London to protest against the restrictions and legislations imposed by the Government to control the spread of coronavirus, lockdowns, mandatory face masks and vaccines, on 24 October, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Demonstrators take part in Unite for Freedom march along Whitehall to protest against the restrictions and legislations imposed by the Government to control the spread of coronavirus, lockdowns, mandatory face masks and vaccines, on 24 October, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Demonstrators take part in Unite for Freedom march along Whitehall to protest against the restrictions and legislations imposed by the Government to control the spread of coronavirus, lockdowns, mandatory face masks and vaccines, on 24 October, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A man dressed as US President Donald Trump holds a syringe with hormones to inject into a cow during a protest in Parliament Square against a post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and the USA on 24 October, 2020 in London, England. Protesters demonstrate against the possibility of opening the NHS to American healthcare companies, lowering food standards, deregulation of environmental and data privacy laws as part of the UK - US trade deal. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Demonstrators gather in Parliament Square to protest against a post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and the USA on 24 October, 2020 in London, England. Protesters demonstrate against the possibility of opening the NHS to American healthcare companies, lowering food standards, deregulation of environmental and data privacy laws as part of the UK - US trade deal. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: A protester holds a sign reading 'Defend Freedom' during a Unite for Freedom march outside New Scotland Yard on October 24, 2020 in London, England. Hundreds of anti-mask and anti-lockdown protesters marched through central London, England demonstrating against latest Coronavirus lockdown measures. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
Demonstrators gather in Parliament Square to protest against a post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and the USA on 24 October, 2020 in London, England. Protesters demonstrate against the possibility of opening the NHS to American healthcare companies, lowering food standards, deregulation of environmental and data privacy laws as part of the UK - US trade deal. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Demonstrators dressed as chlorinated chickens gather in Parliament Square to protest against a post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and the USA on 24 October, 2020 in London, England. Protesters demonstrate against the possibility of opening the NHS to American healthcare companies, lowering food standards, deregulation of environmental and data privacy laws as part of the UK - US trade deal. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: A woman holding a sign reading 'Flu d'etat' is seen in Parliament Square during a Unite for Freedom march on October 24, 2020 in London, England. Hundreds of anti-mask and anti-lockdown protesters marched through central London, England demonstrating against latest Coronavirus lockdown measures. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Protesters are seen in Parliament Square during a Unite for Freedom march on October 24, 2020 in London, England. Hundreds of anti-mask and anti-lockdown protesters marched through central London, England demonstrating against latest Coronavirus lockdown measures. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Protesters are seen in Parliament Square during a Unite for Freedom march on October 24, 2020 in London, England. Hundreds of anti-mask and anti-lockdown protesters marched through central London, England demonstrating against latest Coronavirus lockdown measures. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Protesters are seen in Parliament Square during a Unite for Freedom march on October 24, 2020 in London, England. Hundreds of anti-mask and anti-lockdown protesters marched through central London, England demonstrating against latest Coronavirus lockdown measures. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: A uniformed man gives a salute during a Unite for Freedom march outside New Scotland Yard on October 24, 2020 in London, England. Hundreds of anti-mask and anti-lockdown protesters marched through central London, England demonstrating against latest Coronavirus lockdown measures. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Protesters are seen during a Unite for Freedom march on October 24, 2020 in London, England. Hundreds of anti-mask and anti-lockdown protesters marched through central London, England demonstrating against latest Coronavirus lockdown measures. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: School students and educators protest outside Downing Street against the government decision not to extend free school meals during half term and the Christmas holidays on October 24, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: School students and educators protest outside Downing Street against the government decision not to extend free school meals during half term and the Christmas holidays on October 24, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: School students and educators protest outside Downing Street against the government decision not to extend free school meals during half term and the Christmas holidays on October 24, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty Images)
Demonstrators take part in Unite for Freedom march along Whitehall to protest against the restrictions and legislations imposed by the Government to control the spread of coronavirus, lockdowns, mandatory face masks and vaccines, on 24 October, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A protester holds a syringe with hormones to inject into a cow during a protest in Parliament Square against a post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and the USA on 24 October, 2020 in London, England. Protesters demonstrate against the possibility of opening the NHS to American healthcare companies, lowering food standards, deregulation of environmental and data privacy laws as part of the UK - US trade deal. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

A pantomime cow and a group of chlorinated chickens were among demonstrators who turned out to protest against a proposed trade deal between Britain and the US.

Organisers said any negotiated deal would be a "horror story" and a serious threat to the NHS, UK food standards and democracy.

Ahead of the weekend's events police had urged people to comply with Covid-19 regulations, warning that they may be at risk of committing a criminal offence if they did not.

The force said they "strongly advise" people not to attend any large gatherings for the protection of themselves and others.

Under current regulations, no-one can participate in a gathering of more than six people outdoors unless certain exemptions apply.

The Met said officers had also received information that unlicensed music events (UMEs) were being organised across the capital.

The force said these events remain illegal and officers will shut them down and take action against organisers.

Ade Adelekan, police gold commander for Saturday, said: "Everybody has a personal responsibility to stick to the regulations and help prevent the transmission of coronavirus."

He said the force would not allow the health of Londoners to be put at risk and added they would take action against groups or individuals "who flagrantly and dangerously breach these rules".

Read Full Story Click here to comment

FROM OUR PARTNERS