Britain’s State Police intervened as demonstrators wearing Guy Fawkes masks gathered in central London for the annual Million Mask March against capitalism in violation of the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, which kicked in on Thursday.
Several hundred people tried to assemble in Trafalgar Square for the demonstration, staged annually by the Anonymous hacktivist group since 2013, but were met by a large state police cordon.
Police told the protesters to disperse as gatherings are currently forbidden. The confrontation between protesters and police led to scuffles, and videos from the scene showed demonstrators being detained and arrested.
‘We remain in a national health crisis and new heightened restrictions have been brought in to limit the spread of coronavirus. This action is being taken to keep everyone safe,’ a Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
This is the same police force that protected and escorted a massive protest mounted by the Black Lives Matter Movement. Ordinary people around the world were horrified to see British cops taking the knee to Black Lives Matter rioters.
After being pushed back from Trafalgar Square by a massive police presence, the protestors group continued to rally at nearby Oxford Street.
The Million Mask March takes place on November 5 when Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated in the UK. The rally is aimed at decrying global corporations, government corruption, police brutality and systemic racism. This year it was also joined by those protesting the Covid-19 lockdown.
Guy Fawkes was a member of a group of provincial English Catholics behind a failed attempt to blow up the House of Lords in 1605, known as the Gunpowder Plot. The mask depicting the historic figure, worn by many of the demonstrators became a symbol of riot and resistance after its use in graphic novels and the film ‘V for Vendetta’.
The national lockdown, which is to be in place in England until December 2, only permits residents to leave their homes for essential reasons such as work, education, shopping or getting medical assistance. Gatherings of more than two people from different households both outdoors and indoors have been banned, with few exceptions. Source
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