Protesters Clash With UK Police in Central London; 8 Police Injured

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Eight British constabulary officers were injured and 12 radical were arrested connected Friday evening arsenic hundreds of protesters clashed with constabulary successful cardinal London connected Bonfire Night.

Protesters wearing Guy Fawkes-style masks gathered astatine Trafalgar Square and burned an effigy of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

#UPDATE | 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.

— Metropolitan Police Events (@MetPoliceEvents) November 5, 2021

The protesters past moved to Parliament Square wherever they clashed with constabulary wearing protective gear.

The Metropolitan Police said connected Twitter that the demonstrators had been “dangerously lighting fireworks and rockets,” immoderate of which “struck radical oregon exploded adjacent to the crowd.”

The Met said a full of 12 arrests were made “for a assortment of offences” during the demonstrations crossed London.

The unit said 8 officers were injured, which it said was “unacceptable.”

Bonfire Night Police clash with protesters arsenic they instrumentality portion successful the Million Mask March successful Parliament Square, London, connected Nov. 5, 2021. (PA)

Many of the demonstrators taking portion successful the rally, which is known arsenic the Million Mask March, held signs protesting against the COVID-19 lockdown.

Since March 2020, England has undergone 3 nationalist lockdowns and a question of “tiered” determination lockdowns, resulting successful galore occupation losses and the imperishable shutdown of galore businesses. Schools were unopen for months connected end, with exams cancelled for 2 consecutive years. For months, attending events and protests was besides outlawed, arsenic was gathering with friends and family.

London protest A St. George’s Flag and “Trump won” flag, alert implicit radical taking portion successful the Million Mask March extracurricular Downing Street, London, connected Nov. 5, 2021. (PA)

The UK authorities lifted each CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus lockdown restrictions connected July 19 successful England. On Sept. 12, the authorities said the premier curate was acceptable to repeal successful the adjacent aboriginal immoderate of the exigency powers enacted successful England by the Coronavirus Act 2020.

Bonfire night, besides known arsenic Guy Fawkes Night, is simply a British contented that originates from Nov. 5, 1605, erstwhile Guy Fawkes was arrested for trying to stroke up the House of Lords, and King James I with it.

Britons people the time with bonfires and fireworks each year.

The white, smiling Guy Fawkes masks person go fashionable among protesters globally by anti-establishment hackers and the movie “V for Vendetta.”

Lily Zhou and PA contributed to this report.

Alexander Zhang

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