Police arrest 190 protesters in London anti-lockdown march

Police have arrested 190 anti-lockdown protesters as hundreds of people marched through the streets of central London on the day tougher coronavirus rules came into force in England.

Officers urged demonstrators to go home as they took to the streets near Trafalgar Square on Thursday evening, warning those who had gathered that they were breaching coronavirus restrictions.

Protesters, very few of whom were wearing face coverings, began to walk up The Strand soon after 6pm, chanting "freedom" and "no more lockdown".

Trailed by a large number of officers from both the City of London and Metropolitan Police forces, protesters were repeatedly told to go home, with one officer shouting at a group: "You are breaking the law."

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A woman is detained by police from 'The Million Mask March', an annual event described as a march "against austerity, the infringement of rights, war crimes, corrupt politicians and to reinstate liberty", gather in Trafalgar Square in central London, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. The march was taking place on the same day national lockdown rules come into force as Britain joined large swathes of Europe in a coronavirus lockdown designed to save its health care system from being overwhelmed. Pubs, along with restaurants, hairdressers and shops selling non-essential items closed on Thursday until at least Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Police detain a protester during the Million Mask March anti-establishment protest at Trafalgar Square in central London, on the first day of a four-week national lockdown for England, Thursday Nov. 5, 2020. The four-week national lockdown is imposed in response to increasing coronavirus numbers. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)
A man bleeds from his head after being apprehended by police at 'The Million Mask March', an annual event described as a march "against austerity, the infringement of rights, war crimes, corrupt politicians and to reinstate liberty", gathers in central London, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. The march was taking place on the same day national lockdown rules come into force as Britain joined large swathes of Europe in a coronavirus lockdown designed to save its health care system from being overwhelmed. Pubs, along with restaurants, hairdressers and shops selling non-essential items closed on Thursday until at least Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Police surround a man dressed a father Christmas who is taking part in 'The Million Mask March', on during the annual event described as a march "against austerity, the infringement of rights, war crimes, corrupt politicians and to reinstate liberty", in central London, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020.The march was taking place on the same day national lockdown rules come into force as Britain joined large swathes of Europe in a coronavirus lockdown designed to save its health care system from being overwhelmed. Pubs, along with restaurants, hairdressers and shops selling non-essential items closed on Thursday until at least Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Police search a man they have detained at 'The Million Mask March', an annual event described as a march "against austerity, the infringement of rights, war crimes, corrupt politicians and to reinstate liberty", gather in Trafalgar Square in central London, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020.The march was taking place on the same day national lockdown rules come into force as Britain joined large swathes of Europe in a coronavirus lockdown designed to save its health care system from being overwhelmed. Pubs, along with restaurants, hairdressers and shops selling non-essential items closed on Thursday until at least Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Police move members of the 'The Million Mask March', on during the annual event described as a march "against austerity, the infringement of rights, war crimes, corrupt politicians and to reinstate liberty", gather in Trafalgar Square in central London, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020.The march was taking place on the same day national lockdown rules come into force as Britain joined large swathes of Europe in a coronavirus lockdown designed to save its health care system from being overwhelmed. Pubs, along with restaurants, hairdressers and shops selling non-essential items closed on Thursday until at least Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Police officers wearing face masks against the coronavirus patrol 'The Million Mask March', an annual event described as a march "against austerity, the infringement of rights, war crimes, corrupt politicians and to reinstate liberty", in central London, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020.The march was taking place on the same day national lockdown rules come into force as Britain joined large swathes of Europe in a coronavirus lockdown designed to save its health care system from being overwhelmed. Pubs, along with restaurants, hairdressers and shops selling non-essential items closed on Thursday until at least Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Police make an arrest at 'The Million Mask March', an annual event described as a march "against austerity, the infringement of rights, war crimes, corrupt politicians and to reinstate liberty", in central London, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020.The march was taking place on the same day national lockdown rules come into force as Britain joined large swathes of Europe in a coronavirus lockdown designed to save its health care system from being overwhelmed. Pubs, along with restaurants, hairdressers and shops selling non-essential items closed on Thursday until at least Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
A participant in 'The Million Mask March', an annual event described as a march "against austerity, the infringement of rights, war crimes, corrupt politicians and to reinstate liberty", gathers in central London, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. The march was taking place on the same day national lockdown rules come into force as Britain joined large swathes of Europe in a coronavirus lockdown designed to save its health care system from being overwhelmed. Pubs, along with restaurants, hairdressers and shops selling non-essential items closed on Thursday until at least Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/11/05: Police officers speak to a protester wearing an anonymous mask at Trafalgar Square during the demonstration. The Expect Us movement partakes in their annual Million Mask March. The Anonymous movement shows solidarity for a society which is marginalised by the political elite and associated corporations. (Photo by Andy Barton/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/11/05: Protesters are seen running as the MET police charge in an attempt to disperse the march. The Expect Us movement partakes in their annual Million Mask March. The Anonymous movement shows solidarity for a society which is marginalised by the political elite and associated corporations. (Photo by Andy Barton/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/11/05: A woman is detained by the police as protesters gather at Trafalgar Square during the demonstration. The Expect Us movement partakes in their annual Million Mask March. The Anonymous movement shows solidarity for a society which is marginalised by the political elite and associated corporations. (Photo by Andy Barton/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/11/05: A protester holds placards during the demonstration. The Expect Us movement partakes in their annual Million Mask March. The Anonymous movement shows solidarity for a society which is marginalised by the political elite and associated corporations. (Photo by Andy Barton/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 05, 2020: Police officers struggle to arrest a man during the annual 'Million Mask March' coinciding with the first day of coronavirus lockdown, on November 5, 2020 in London, England. The event is a part of a global anti-establishment and anti-capitalist protest against issues such as surveillance, politics and economics.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, as protestors from the Million Mask March and anti lockdown protesters demonstrate, amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in London, Britain November 5, 2020. (Photo by Maciek Musialek/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 05, 2020: Heavy police presence during the annual 'Million Mask March' coinciding with the first day of coronavirus lockdown, on November 5, 2020 in London, England. The event is a part of a global anti-establishment and anti-capitalist protest against issues such as surveillance, politics and economics.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/11/05: A protester wearing an anonymous mask holds a placard during the demonstration. The Expect Us movement partakes in their annual Million Mask March. The Anonymous movement shows solidarity for a society which is marginalised by the political elite and associated corporations. (Photo by Andy Barton/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Police officers surround demonstrators in Oxford Street during the annual 'Million Mask March' coinciding with the first day of coronavirus lockdown, on November 5, 2020 in London, England. The event is a part of a global anti-establishment and anti-capitalist protest against issues such as surveillance, politics and economics. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Demonstrator argues with the police during the annual 'Million Mask March' coinciding with the first day of coronavirus lockdown, on November 5, 2020 in London, England. The event is a part of a global anti-establishment and anti-capitalist protest against issues such as surveillance, politics and economics. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: A woman is seen using a face covering as a mask on November 5, 2020 in London, England. Decentralised, Leaderless, Internet Activist Group Anonymous hold a million mask protest in London every year on November 5th, the anniversary of Guy Fawkes attempt to burn down the Houses of Parliament. This year their motive is human rights abuses, the supposed rise of the surveillance state and their perceived loss of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 5: A man is detained near Soho during an Anonymous protest on November 5, 2020 in London, England. Decentralised, Leaderless, Internet Activist Group Anonymous hold a million mask protest in London every year during an Anonymous protest on November 5th, the anniversary of Guy Fawkes attempt to burn down the Houses of Parliament. This year their motive is human rights abuses, the supposed rise of the surveillance state and their perceived loss of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 5: Protestors argue with Police near Piccadilly Circus during an Anonymous protest on November 5, 2020 in London, England. Decentralised, Leaderless, Internet Activist Group Anonymous hold a million mask protest in London every year on November 5th, the anniversary of Guy Fawkes attempt to burn down the Houses of Parliament. This year their motive is human rights abuses, the supposed rise of the surveillance state and their perceived loss of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 5: A woman is detained near Soho during an Anonymous protest on November 5, 2020 in London, England. Decentralised, Leaderless, Internet Activist Group Anonymous hold a million mask protest in London every year during an Anonymous protest on November 5th, the anniversary of Guy Fawkes attempt to burn down the Houses of Parliament. This year their motive is human rights abuses, the supposed rise of the surveillance state and their perceived loss of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty Images)
Police detain a protester during the Million Mask March anti-establishment protest at Trafalgar Square in London, on the first day of a four week national lockdown for England. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 05: Piers Corbyn (C), elder brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, takes part in a protest against the 2nd national lockdown, which was announced to impose to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, after it began in central London, United Kingdom on November 05, 2020. Police arrested some protesters. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Police detain a protester during the Million Mask March anti-establishment protest at Trafalgar Square in London, on the first day of a four week national lockdown for England. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: A protester smiles as he is apprehended by police during the Million Mask Protest held by Anonymous on November 5, 2020 in London, England. Decentralised, Leaderless, Internet Activist Group Anonymous hold a million mask protest in London every year on November 5th, the anniversary of Guy Fawkes attempt to burn down the Houses of Parliament. This year their motive is human rights abuses, the supposed rise of the surveillance state and their perceived loss of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
Police officers during the Million Mask March anti-establishment protest at Trafalgar Square in London, on the first day of a four week national lockdown for England. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
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The Metropolitan Police said one of the 190 people arrested could be handed a £10,000 fine, which can be given to organisers of large gatherings. The other 189 are being investigated for breaching the new Covid-19 regulations.

Breaches can be punished with a £200 fixed penalty notice, reduced to £100 if paid within 14 days, which doubles on every offence up to a maximum of £6,400.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist said in a statement on Friday: "There can be no excuse for breaching the regulations which have been designed to save lives and keep people safe.

"Those who came out to protest last night put their health at risk and, frustratingly, they put the health of London and our officers at risk, this is clearly unacceptable.

"A significant policing plan was in place last night and officers moved swiftly to speak with those who were intending to gather.

"Officers explained very clearly the regulations and unfortunately a number of people took deliberate steps to ignore the direction.

"Because of this, firm action was taken and a large number of arrests were made.

"We will not tolerate these dangerous breaches of the regulations.

"190 is a significant amount of arrests and we have a post-incident plan in place to ensure these investigations are progressed and the suspects are brought to justice.

"For anyone who plans to come out over the next four weeks, it is your responsibility to ensure we all comply with the current regulations.

"Officers will be out and about engaging with members of the public and the small minority who deliberately refuse to abide by the rules will see enforcement action being taken."

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: A plane prepares to land at Heathrow Airport with the moon behind it on November 05, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
A cyclist wearing a face mask passes traditional red phone boxes, on the first day of Britain's second lockdown designed to save its health care system from being overwhelmed by people with coronavirus, in London, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Britain joined large swathes of Europe in a coronavirus lockdown designed to save its health care system from being overwhelmed. Pubs, along with restaurants, hairdressers and shops selling non-essential items closed on Thursday until at least Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A woman is detained by police from 'The Million Mask March', an annual event described as a march "against austerity, the infringement of rights, war crimes, corrupt politicians and to reinstate liberty", gather in Trafalgar Square in central London, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. The march was taking place on the same day national lockdown rules come into force as Britain joined large swathes of Europe in a coronavirus lockdown designed to save its health care system from being overwhelmed. Pubs, along with restaurants, hairdressers and shops selling non-essential items closed on Thursday until at least Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
A participant in 'The Million Mask March', an annual event described as a march "against austerity, the infringement of rights, war crimes, corrupt politicians and to reinstate liberty", gathers in central London, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. The march was taking place on the same day national lockdown rules come into force as Britain joined large swathes of Europe in a coronavirus lockdown designed to save its health care system from being overwhelmed. Pubs, along with restaurants, hairdressers and shops selling non-essential items closed on Thursday until at least Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
A man with a religious sandwich board waits to cross a junction on Oxford Street on the first day of Britain's second lockdown, designed to save its health care system from being overwhelmed by people with coronavirus, in London, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Britain joined large swathes of Europe in a coronavirus lockdown designed to save its health care system from being overwhelmed. Pubs, along with restaurants, hairdressers and shops selling non-essential items closed on Thursday until at least Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Police patrol in Trafalgar Square ahead of a possible anti-lockdown protest in central London, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Britain joined large swathes of Europe in a coronavirus lockdown designed to save its health care system from being overwhelmed. Pubs, along with restaurants, hairdressers and shops selling non-essential items closed on Thursday until at least Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Members of the public view a 45ft tall giant golden monkey on the side of Inverleith house on November 04, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The inflatable Golden Monkey installation, by Australian ecological artist Lisa Roet, has previously adorned scaled skyscrapers in Beijing and Hong Kong. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Blackpool's annual Illuminations are seen before being switched off at midnight on Wednesday because of the four-week lockdown, Blackpool, England, Wednesday Nov. 4, 2020. The illuminations were due to remain lit for an extra two months this season, until Jan. 3, to aid the town's tourism trade hit by COVID-19 restrictions. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
The sun rises over Houghton on the Hill in Leicestershire on the first day of a second national lockdown for England. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 04: Police officers warn people who continue to spend their times at a street as the 2nd national lockdown, which was announced to imposed to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, begins in central London, United Kingdom on November 04, 2020. One person was detained during the police officers interventions. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
People sitting outside the Cock and Lion pub in Marylebone on the eve of the 2nd Lockdown in London. Pubs and restaurants to close as England forced into new national coronavirus lockdown. (Photo by Dave Rushen / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Commuters on a Jubilee Line Underground train at Canning Town station, London, at 0720 in the morning rush hour at the start of a four week national lockdown for England. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
A rainbow appears over an oast house, near Hawkhurst in Kent, England, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Oast houses are a distinctive feature of the Kent and Sussex landscape and were constructed originally to dry the harvested mature hops used as an ingredient in brewing beer. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)
Graffiti of a woman with an axe part of the Halloween Paint Jam seen at the famous Leake Street Tunnel under Waterloo station (Photo by Dave Rushen / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
A view of the RRS Sir David Attenborough, the UK's most advanced polar research ship, as it travels down the River Mersey leaving Liverpool ahead of two weeks of technical trials off the coast of north Wales, with one of Anthony Gormley "Another Place" sculptures in the foreground, in Liverpool, England, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks back towards10 Downing Street following a cabinet meeting in London, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. The Cabinet meeting is held in the Foreign Office to allow for social distancing due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, rather than the normal 10 Downing Street. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Members of staff poses with a grey limestone Buddha head from the 7th century Tang Dynasty (estimated GBP80,000-120,000) in the fine Chinese art section of the Asian Art Week collection at Bonhams auction house on New Bond Street in London, England, on November 2, 2020. The sale takes place on November 5. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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As the UK reacts to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement of Lockdown 2 during the second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, face shields and masks are on sale in a window of a retailer on Oxford Street, on 2nd November 2020, in London, England. From midnight on Thursday, all non-essential shops, bars, restaurants and other small businesses will have to closed, according to government Covid restrictions - and for a minimum of 4 weeks in the run-up to Christmas. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Johnny Depp fan, Matty, dressed as Gellert Grindelwald, the character Depp plays in the third Fantastic Beasts movie which is currently being filmed, reacts as he hears Depp had lost his libel case, outside the High Court in London, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Britain's High Court has ruled against Johnny Depp in his libel action against the owner of the Sun tabloid over allegations that he was a "wife beater." (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
LEEDS, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: Jamie Vardy of Leicester City shakes hands with Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Leicester City after being substituted during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Leicester City at Elland Road on November 02, 2020 in Leeds, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Jon Super - Pool/Getty Images)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves at the media as he leaves 10 Downing Street in London, to go to the Houses of Parliament to deliver a statement on England's upcoming coronavirus lockdown, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Johnson on Saturday announced a new month-long lockdown for England that will start on Thursday, after being warned that without tough action a resurgent coronavirus outbreak will overwhelm hospitals in weeks. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
The London Eye is seen lit up Red, White and Blue to celebrate The Pride of Britain Awards 2020. (Photo by Brett Cove / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Shoppers queue outside the IKEA store in Greenwich, London before the 2nd Lockdown in England starts on the 5th of November meaning all non essential shops will have to shut for up to a month. (Photo by Dave Rushen / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Several hundreds of demonstrators protest in Piccadilly Circus against Poland's top court ruling that abortion of fetuses with congenital defects is unconstitutional, on 01 November, 2020 in London, England. Poland's abortion laws are already among the strictest in Europe and the recent decision by the Constitutional Court further limits access to abortions, which will only be legal in cases of rape or incest, or to protect the mother's life. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Manchester City's Lucy Bronze, left, and Keira Walsh, right, celebrate with Manchester City's manager Gareth Taylor, center, after winning the Women's FA Cup final soccer match between Everton and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. (Facundo Arrizabalaga/Pool via AP)
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Four protesters, one of whom was wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, were arrested by police officers near the gates of Charing Cross Station.

Soon after 7pm, a smaller demonstration gathered near Primark on Oxford Street, where a number of protesters were grouped in by two lines of officers.

Those clustered in by police chanted "stand up" while officers encouraged protesters gathered nearby to go home.

"You need to leave, you are breaching coronavirus restrictions," one officer told demonstrators.

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