Eight police officers injured in clashes with protesters in Parliament Square

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Eight constabulary officers person been injured aft clashing with hundreds of anti-establishment protesters successful Parliament Square connected Bonfire Night.

Demonstrators wearing Guy Fawkes-style masks had gathered astatine adjacent Trafalgar Square astatine the yearly Million Mask March with immoderate throwing fireworks astatine officers.

Footage posted connected Twitter showed protesters astatine Parliament Square wherever they were pushed backmost by a enactment of officers wearing protective gear.

An effigy of Boris Johnson was burned portion galore of the demonstrators taking portion successful the lawsuit held signs protesting against the coronavirus lockdown.

The Metropolitan police said 12 arrests were made. It wrote connected Twitter: “A full of 12 arrests were made portion policing tonight’s demonstrations crossed London. Those arrests were for a assortment of offences. Eight of our officers were injured. This is unacceptable.

“The policing cognition volition proceed into the evening.”

The Met said earlier a conception 35 dispersal bid is successful spot for “a fig of areas” crossed Westminster, including Parliament Square. The unit said: “Officers are engaging with those successful Parliament Square and volition beryllium advising them of this order.”

Piers Corbyn performing a fire-eating act
Piers Corbyn performing a fire-eating enactment astatine the Million Mask March successful Parliament Square connected Friday night. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

In a abstracted tweet, the Met said a assemblage successful Parliament Square had been “dangerously lighting fireworks and rockets”.

It added: “Some person struck radical oregon exploded adjacent to the crowd, this could origin precise superior injury. We person moved into the assemblage to region immoderate fireworks and forestall radical [from] coming to harm.”

One participant, who gave his sanction lone arsenic Richard, from London, said the protest, which has taken spot connected 5 November for respective years, was a “continuation” of the “anti-Covid” marches.

Police face  protesters successful  the Million Mask March successful  Parliament Square
Police face protesters successful the Million Mask March successful Parliament Square, London. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

“It’s fundamentally a continuation of the anti-Covid marches that we’ve been connected since the opening of the year,” helium said. “It’s a mates of fingers successful the absorption of the establishment.”

Ahead of the demonstration, the Met said officers would enactment intimately with protestation groups to “ensure gatherings are harmless and upset is minimised”.

Last year, astir 200 radical were arrested during the protestation for breaching lockdown restrictions.