Britons furious with the reinstatement of restrictions have made their way to London‘s Trafalgar Square for a ‘Freedom Rally’. The Met Police has warned protesters will “face action” if found putting others at risk by ignoring COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions. The demonstration follows the Government’s decision to enact measures such as a 10pm curfew for pubs and bars as a means of combating the rise in coronavirus cases. Led by conspiracy theorist David Icke, hundreds have gathered in the capital to protest the changes.
Mr Icke tweeted earlier: “Stand up for your freedoms. I’ll see you there.”
He has been vocally opposed to lockdown measuresa since the restrictions were first introduced.
In videos posted to Twitter, large groups can be seen congregating around the monument.
It appears that many demonstrators were maskless despite a plea fom police for people to stick to restrictions.
Currently a mask is required when travelling on public transport and upon entering a shop.
However, the World Health Organization (WHO) advises that face coverings should be worn in public where social distancing is not possible.
The Met Police have stepped up policing operations this weekend due to the planned protests.
The Met say they will “increase their engagement and encourage attendees to disperse”.
Mr Icke, who is due to speak at the rally this weekend, has spouted his thoughts against coronavirus lockdown measures, naming it “the illusion pandemic”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson stressed the importance of the lockdown and its associated restrictions when he annouced the first one in March.
He told the nation in a public broadcast: “The critical thing we must do is stop the disease spreading between households.
“That is why people will only be allowed to leave their home for very limited purposes.
“To put it simply, if too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the NHS will be unable to handle it – meaning more people are likely to die, not just from Coronavirus but from other illnesses as well.”