Coronavirus UK: Anti-lockdown protestor bursts into tears as police arrest him

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Anti-lockdown protestor howls and bursts into tears as police arrest him for ‘Covid rule breaches’ ahead of London demo

  • Police have been booed by anti-lockdown protesters as they make arrests at shutdown rallies in London
  • Demonstration led by Piers Corbyn met at King’s Cross station and walked to Marble Arch in Hyde Park
  • Public anger with government shutdowns is growing as the public blast ‘oppressive’ and damaging curbs  

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Police were booed by anti-lockdown demonstrators and faced chants of ‘shame on you’ as they arrested protesters during a rally against government curbs led by Piers Corbyn.  

Traffic was temporarily blocked on Regent Street as officers attempted to handcuff people on the ground in the middle of the road, while the Met Police handcuffed demonstrators weaving through central London.  

Video which was posted to Twitter showed a lone man howling in apparent agony and bursting into tears as he fell to the ground while police arrested him outside King’s Cross station. 

Tweets posted by Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers suggest grassroots group Save Our Rights UK called Unite For Freedom – Time For Action marched from St Pancras through Angel to Hyde Park.

Officers arrested protesters chanting ‘freedom’ and carrying placards reading ‘stop controlling us’ and ‘no more lockdowns’ at Marble Arch for allegedly breaching coronavirus restrictions.  

A protest is not a permitted exemption to the prohibition on gatherings under current coronavirus regulations in England and those who attend risk enforcement action by officers, the Met Police said in a statement.

Furious demonstrators have hit the streets in protest against government shutdowns since August, where a massive 10,000-person rally descended upon Trafalgar Square.

Police officers take away a protester ahead of an anti-lockdown protest at King's Cross station

Police officers take away a protester ahead of an anti-lockdown protest at King’s Cross station

A man is carried away by police wearing facemasks at an anti-lockdown protest in London

A man is carried away by police wearing facemasks at an anti-lockdown protest in London

An anti-lockdown protester holds a sign reading 'what happened to our rights' outside King's Cross station in London

An anti-lockdown protester holds a sign reading ‘what happened to our rights’ outside King’s Cross station in London 

A man is carried away by police wearing facemasks at an anti-lockdown protest in London

A man is carried away by police wearing facemasks at an anti-lockdown protest in London

A growing number of people, including Tory backbenchers, regard lockdown measures as oppressive and economically damaging – with some 260,000 jobs already lost and millions more expected.  

Up to 100 potential Conservative MPs could rebel against Boris Johnson in a Commons showdown next week, which could see the Prime Minister forced to rely on the Labour Party to get the restrictions approved.

Their anger has been fuelled by claims by senior officials that it is ‘unrealistic’ to expect areas under the toughest Covid curbs – Tiers 2 and 3 – to move down to Tier 1 before the spring, in a plan dubbed a ‘virtual lockdown’. 

It comes as Michael Gove today warned up to 100 potential Tory rebels to put Britain’s interests first  after officials admitted last night that almost the entire nation will be banned from socialising indoors until Easter.  

The Cabinet Office minister urged MPs to ‘take responsibility for difficult decisions’ to curb the spread of Covid-19, amid anger from some Conservatives that much of England will face stringent restrictions.

Writing in The Times today, Mr Gove said the decision to impose the restrictions was necessary to ‘pull the handbrake’ and avoid the ‘disaster’ of NHS hospitals – and private sector and newly-built Nightingale hospitals – becoming filled to capacity with only Covid patients and emergency cases.

Three people in total have been arrested by the Metropolitan Police ahead of a mass anti-shutdown demonstration due to meet at King's Cross station

Three people in total have been arrested by the Metropolitan Police ahead of a mass anti-shutdown demonstration due to meet at King’s Cross station

A man is detained by police during an anti-lockdown protest at King's Cross St Pancras

A man is detained by police during an anti-lockdown protest at King’s Cross St Pancras

Police detain a man during an anti-lockdown protest at King's Cross St Pancras in London

Police detain a man during an anti-lockdown protest at King’s Cross St Pancras in London

Scotland Yard said the arrests were made ahead of a planned protest today by the grassroots group Save Our Rights UK called Unite For Freedom – Time For Action

Scotland Yard said the arrests were made ahead of a planned protest today by the grassroots group Save Our Rights UK called Unite For Freedom – Time For Action

‘Keeping our hospitals open, available and effective was not just crucial to dealing with Covid-19. It was imperative for the health of the whole nation,’ the pro-shutdown Tory minister argued.

‘But the only way to ensure we can take care of cancer patients, administer radiotherapy and chemotherapy, and help stroke victims and treat heart attacks is by protecting the NHS,’ he said, adding this could only be done by reducing the spread of the virus and thus limiting the number of Covid patients in hospitals.

Mr Gove also claimed that reducing infections would save the UK economy, which has been decimated by shutdown restrictions that prevent the trade of the hospitality industry and retail, tourism and air travel. 

As official forecasts warn that the national debt could soar to £2.8trillion by 2025, he warned: ‘Think for a moment what would happen to our economy if we allowed infections to reach such a level that our NHS was overwhelmed.’

But his argument was attacked by former Supreme Court judge Lord Sumption today, who blasted the Government’s use of ‘extremely selective and tendentious’ data to justify shutdowns.

Lord Sumption, last year’s BBC Reith Lecturer, also told Radio 4’s Today programme that the Tiering system was ‘unenforceable’ and suggested that the public was growing increasingly unwilling to comply.  

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