Protesters arrested after Parliament Square demo

Almost a dozen people have been arrested after a demonstration by around 200 protesters in London's Parliament Square.

Police said "a number of individuals became violent" during Monday's gathering and 11 were arrested for a variety of alleged offences including breach of Covid-19 regulations, Public Order Act offences and assaulting an emergency worker.

Protesters were pictured holding anti-vaccine placards.

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Activists protesting against coronavirus lockdown restrictions and any mandated covid-19 vaccinations demonstrate in Parliament Square in London, England, on December 14, 2020. London is expected to be imminently placed under 'Tier 3' restrictions, indicating a 'very high' coronavirus alert level, and requiring pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants to close other than to offer takeaway and delivery service. The city was returned to Tier 2, or 'high' alert, restrictions at the end of the four-week England-wide lockdown on December 2, albeit with some strengthening provisions having been added in the interim. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
An activist protesting against coronavirus lockdown restrictions and any mandated covid-19 vaccinations is arrested by police officers in Parliament Square in London, England, on December 14, 2020. London is expected to be imminently placed under 'Tier 3' restrictions, indicating a 'very high' coronavirus alert level, and requiring pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants to close other than to offer takeaway and delivery service. The city was returned to Tier 2, or 'high' alert, restrictions at the end of the four-week England-wide lockdown on December 2, albeit with some strengthening provisions having been added in the interim. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
An activist protesting against coronavirus lockdown restrictions and any mandated covid-19 vaccinations argues with a police officer in Parliament Square in London, England, on December 14, 2020. London is expected to be imminently placed under 'Tier 3' restrictions, indicating a 'very high' coronavirus alert level, and requiring pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants to close other than to offer takeaway and delivery service. The city was returned to Tier 2, or 'high' alert, restrictions at the end of the four-week England-wide lockdown on December 2, albeit with some strengthening provisions having been added in the interim. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
An activist protesting against coronavirus lockdown restrictions and any mandated covid-19 vaccinations is arrested by police officers in Parliament Square in London, England, on December 14, 2020. London is expected to be imminently placed under 'Tier 3' restrictions, indicating a 'very high' coronavirus alert level, and requiring pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants to close other than to offer takeaway and delivery service. The city was returned to Tier 2, or 'high' alert, restrictions at the end of the four-week England-wide lockdown on December 2, albeit with some strengthening provisions having been added in the interim. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
An activist protesting against coronavirus lockdown restrictions and any mandated covid-19 vaccinations poses for selfies as a police officer looks on in Parliament Square in London, England, on December 14, 2020. London is expected to be imminently placed under 'Tier 3' restrictions, indicating a 'very high' coronavirus alert level, and requiring pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants to close other than to offer takeaway and delivery service. The city was returned to Tier 2, or 'high' alert, restrictions at the end of the four-week England-wide lockdown on December 2, albeit with some strengthening provisions having been added in the interim. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
An activist protesting against coronavirus lockdown restrictions and any mandated covid-19 vaccinations holds a placard reading 'This Is Tyranny' above police officers in Parliament Square in London, England, on December 14, 2020. London is expected to be imminently placed under 'Tier 3' restrictions, indicating a 'very high' coronavirus alert level, and requiring pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants to close other than to offer takeaway and delivery service. The city was returned to Tier 2, or 'high' alert, restrictions at the end of the four-week England-wide lockdown on December 2, albeit with some strengthening provisions having been added in the interim. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
An activist protesting against coronavirus lockdown restrictions and any mandated covid-19 vaccinations is arrested by police officers in Parliament Square in London, England, on December 14, 2020. London is expected to be imminently placed under 'Tier 3' restrictions, indicating a 'very high' coronavirus alert level, and requiring pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants to close other than to offer takeaway and delivery service. The city was returned to Tier 2, or 'high' alert, restrictions at the end of the four-week England-wide lockdown on December 2, albeit with some strengthening provisions having been added in the interim. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Activists protesting against coronavirus lockdown restrictions and any mandated covid-19 vaccinations demonstrate in Parliament Square in London, England, on December 14, 2020. London is expected to be imminently placed under 'Tier 3' restrictions, indicating a 'very high' coronavirus alert level, and requiring pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants to close other than to offer takeaway and delivery service. The city was returned to Tier 2, or 'high' alert, restrictions at the end of the four-week England-wide lockdown on December 2, albeit with some strengthening provisions having been added in the interim. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A man wears a sheep's head mask studded with syringes as activists protesting against coronavirus lockdown restrictions and any mandated covid-19 vaccinations demonstrate in Parliament Square in London, England, on December 14, 2020. London is expected to be imminently placed under 'Tier 3' restrictions, indicating a 'very high' coronavirus alert level, and requiring pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants to close other than to offer takeaway and delivery service. The city was returned to Tier 2, or 'high' alert, restrictions at the end of the four-week England-wide lockdown on December 2, albeit with some strengthening provisions having been added in the interim. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Activists protesting against coronavirus lockdown restrictions and any mandated covid-19 vaccinations demonstrate in Parliament Square in London, England, on December 14, 2020. London is expected to be imminently placed under 'Tier 3' restrictions, indicating a 'very high' coronavirus alert level, and requiring pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants to close other than to offer takeaway and delivery service. The city was returned to Tier 2, or 'high' alert, restrictions at the end of the four-week England-wide lockdown on December 2, albeit with some strengthening provisions having been added in the interim. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
An activist protesting against coronavirus lockdown restrictions and any mandated covid-19 vaccinations is arrested by police officers in Parliament Square in London, England, on December 14, 2020. London is expected to be imminently placed under 'Tier 3' restrictions, indicating a 'very high' coronavirus alert level, and requiring pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants to close other than to offer takeaway and delivery service. The city was returned to Tier 2, or 'high' alert, restrictions at the end of the four-week England-wide lockdown on December 2, albeit with some strengthening provisions having been added in the interim. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Anti-Brexit activist Steve Bray watches as an activist protesting against coronavirus lockdown restrictions and any mandated covid-19 vaccinations is arrested by police officers in Parliament Square in London, England, on December 14, 2020. London is expected to be imminently placed under 'Tier 3' restrictions, indicating a 'very high' coronavirus alert level, and requiring pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants to close other than to offer takeaway and delivery service. The city was returned to Tier 2, or 'high' alert, restrictions at the end of the four-week England-wide lockdown on December 2, albeit with some strengthening provisions having been added in the interim. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Activists protesting against coronavirus lockdown restrictions and any mandated covid-19 vaccinations march from Parliament Square in London, England, on December 14, 2020. London is expected to be imminently placed under 'Tier 3' restrictions, indicating a 'very high' coronavirus alert level, and requiring pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants to close other than to offer takeaway and delivery service. The city was returned to Tier 2, or 'high' alert, restrictions at the end of the four-week England-wide lockdown on December 2, albeit with some strengthening provisions having been added in the interim. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Activists protesting against coronavirus lockdown restrictions and any mandated covid-19 vaccinations demonstrate in Parliament Square in London, England, on December 14, 2020. London is expected to be imminently placed under 'Tier 3' restrictions, indicating a 'very high' coronavirus alert level, and requiring pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants to close other than to offer takeaway and delivery service. The city was returned to Tier 2, or 'high' alert, restrictions at the end of the four-week England-wide lockdown on December 2, albeit with some strengthening provisions having been added in the interim. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Activists protesting against coronavirus lockdown restrictions and any mandated covid-19 vaccinations march from Parliament Square in London, England, on December 14, 2020. London is expected to be imminently placed under 'Tier 3' restrictions, indicating a 'very high' coronavirus alert level, and requiring pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants to close other than to offer takeaway and delivery service. The city was returned to Tier 2, or 'high' alert, restrictions at the end of the four-week England-wide lockdown on December 2, albeit with some strengthening provisions having been added in the interim. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 14: People stage a protest against meeting in the British Parliament on whether restrictions will be imposed on those who refuse the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine at Parliament Square in London, United Kingdom on December 14, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 14: Police officers take a protester into custody during a protest against meeting in the British Parliament on whether restrictions will be imposed on those who refuse the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine at Parliament Square in London, United Kingdom on December 14, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Activists protesting against coronavirus lockdown restrictions and any mandated covid-19 vaccinations demonstrate in Parliament Square in London, England, on December 14, 2020. London is expected to be imminently placed under 'Tier 3' restrictions, indicating a 'very high' coronavirus alert level, and requiring pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants to close other than to offer takeaway and delivery service. The city was returned to Tier 2, or 'high' alert, restrictions at the end of the four-week England-wide lockdown on December 2, albeit with some strengthening provisions having been added in the interim. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 14: Police officers take a protester into custody during a protest against meeting in the British Parliament on whether restrictions will be imposed on those who refuse the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine at Parliament Square in London, United Kingdom on December 14, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 14: Police officers take a protester into custody during a protest against meeting in the British Parliament on whether restrictions will be imposed on those who refuse the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine at Parliament Square in London, United Kingdom on December 14, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 14: People stage a protest against meeting in the British Parliament on whether restrictions will be imposed on those who refuse the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine at Parliament Square in London, United Kingdom on December 14, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 14: Police officers take a protester into custody during a protest against meeting in the British Parliament on whether restrictions will be imposed on those who refuse the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine at Parliament Square in London, United Kingdom on December 14, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 14: People stage a protest against meeting in the British Parliament on whether restrictions will be imposed on those who refuse the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine at Parliament Square in London, United Kingdom on December 14, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 14: Police officers take a protester into custody during a protest against meeting in the British Parliament on whether restrictions will be imposed on those who refuse the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine at Parliament Square in London, United Kingdom on December 14, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 14: Police officers take a protester into custody during a protest against meeting in the British Parliament on whether restrictions will be imposed on those who refuse the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine at Parliament Square in London, United Kingdom on December 14, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 14: Police officers stand guard during a protest against meeting in the British Parliament on whether restrictions will be imposed on those who refuse the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine at Parliament Square in London, United Kingdom on December 14, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Police detain a woman taking part in an anti-vaccination protest in Parliament Square, London. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown protesters outside Bute House in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, after marching through Edinburgh city centre from the Scottish Parliament. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
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The group marched together to a number of different locations, including Victoria Street, where two members of the public entered a business premises and were arrested for breaching coronavirus regulations, police said.

One man who became violent and was detained on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker was taken to hospital under police custody after suffering a head injury when he was struck by a baton, the Metropolitan Police said.

The force said his injury is not thought to be life-threatening or life-changing.

The Met said officers were made aware of a planned demonstration in Parliament Square and that participants were spoken to and told to go home when it became clear they were not complying with Government guidance or their own risk assessment.

Arrests took place when the demonstrators "ignored" police directions, the Met said.

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