COPS have arrested 11 people at an anti-lockdown protest in London – despite all Covid restrictions being lifted.
Yobs pelted officers with bottles and demanded they remove their masks in chaotic scenes outside the Houses of Parliament this afternoon.
A large crowd of protesters assembled outside the Houses of Parliament this afternoonCredit: EPA
Thousands have gathered outside the Houses of Parliament and have blocked roads on Freedom DayCredit: Rex
Demonstrators blocked a road and forced traffic to a standstill on ‘Freedom Day’ as all legal Covid measures were lifted.
But anti-lockdowners still flocked to the centre of London with anti-vaccination and anti-police signs.
Protesters chanted “shame on police” and “arrest Boris Johnson” as they moved from Parliament Square to spread onto the road and up to the gates of the Palace of Westminster.
An officer was later seen putting a lock on the gates at the entrance to Parliament.
The Met Police said, shortly after 3pm, that officers continued to respond to the demonstration in central London and that 11 people had been arrested for a variety of offences.
In a post on Twitter, the force added: “Our policing operation continues, sadly officers have been met with hostility while engaging with crowds.”
Conspiracy theorist and anti-lockdown and vaccine skeptic Piers Corbyn was also seen addressing crowds.
And a shocking video shows demonstrators pelting police officers with bottles as they attempted to clear the road.
Anti Vaccine and Anti Lockdown protestors in Parliament SquareCredit: Elliott Franks
The protest has been met with criticism since many restrictions ended today.
From today Brits will no longer receive a fine if they don’t wear a face covering on public transport, the PM has announced.
Commuters will still be encouraged to wear a mask while on a bus or train – but this will not be legally enforced.
The one-metre-plus social distancing rule has also been scrapped in a huge boost for the hospitality industry, Mr Johnson has announced.
There will be no limits on how many people can meet socially, or where they can meet. This applies to weddings, funerals and other life events.
Punters will finally be allowed to mingle and stand once again, while ordering from the bar will also be permitted.
Boozers will also no longer need to check in to venues by scanning a QR code using the Test and Trace app, it was confirmed tonight.
There will no longer be a legal requirement for Covid certification for any setting – though businesses will be permitted to continue to use the app if they wish to do so.
It came after complaints from hospitality bosses that the app is leading to staff shortages as increasing number of employees are “pinged” and told to self-isolate.
And Brits will be heading back to the office after months of remote working.
Mass events, including festivals, will also be allowed from July 19.
Festivals and concerts have been cancelled for the past 18 months as a result of social distancing restrictions.
But mass events outdoors, such as full stadiums and festivals, have got the go-ahead but with some element of testing or proof of vaccination required.
Police in riot gear hold back protesters trying to reach Whitehall from Parliament SquareCredit: LNP
A protester wearing a Matt Hancock mask calls for the arrest of the ex-Health Secretary in Parliament SquareCredit: Getty
Protesters shout anti government slogans at the Houses of ParliamentCredit: Getty