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Anti-lockdown protesters chanting "Freedom" clash with police


At least 24 people were arrested today after anti-lockdown protesters clashed with police as hundreds took to the streets to fight coronavirus restrictions.

Rallies took place in Bournemouth, London and Liverpool with a growing crowd singing "Freedom" as they marched through the city center in the rain this afternoon.

The Merseyside group was accompanied by police who later moved in to make arrests. Some protesters saw pepper being sprayed as they argued with officials on the ground.

It is believed that the protest began at 1 p.m. and began with around 100 people on Church Street before the group grew significantly.

At least 15 people were arrested during the demonstration in Liverpool, Merseyside police have confirmed.

The detainees have been held on suspicion of violating public order and Covid-19 rules, and the force has set up a spread zone in the city by tomorrow.

Rallies also took place in London, where the Metropolitan Police confirmed four were arrested for violating Covid-19 regulations after gathering in Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park.

The officials confirmed that the detainees remained in custody this afternoon while the "rest of the crowd was dispersed."

Michael Walsh of the Central West Command Unit said, “We take reports of violations of Covid-19 restrictions seriously. We are still in a pandemic and it is extremely selfish for a small minority of people to keep going regardless of the regulations. & # 39;

There were similar scenes on the south coast where social distancing was nowhere to be seen as activists marched through the seaside town of Bournemouth holding placards reading “Freedom” and “The pandemic is over”.

Dorset police have confirmed that two men were arrested during the demonstration on suspicion of violating Covid-19 regulations. Officers added that the crowd of around 100 people was dispersed in the square two hours after the rally began at 2:45 p.m.

It comes as the UK recorded 391 new hospital deaths today, the highest Saturday increase since May – 21 from last Saturday.

A man is arrested and sprayed with pepper during a large anti-lockdown protest in Liverpool that saw hundreds march through the city streets

Face-masked police hold one of the protesters at the big rally today in the rain through Liverpool city center

Face-masked police hold one of the protesters at the big rally today in the rain through Liverpool city center

A protester is arrested by police officers for taking part in a demonstration against the second national lockdown in London

A protester is arrested by police officers for taking part in a demonstration against the second national lockdown in London

A man is arrested by two officers during the drizzle demonstration in Liverpool city center this afternoon

A man is arrested by two officers during the drizzle demonstration in Liverpool city center this afternoon

Police wrestle with a protester on the ground as many others watch during a day of demonstration in Liverpool

Police wrestle with a protester on the ground as many others watch during a day of demonstration in Liverpool

A man encounters a police officer as the scenes turned ugly during an anti-lockdown protest in Liverpool today

A man encounters a police officer as the scenes turned ugly during an anti-lockdown protest in Liverpool today

A man is arrested and sprayed with pepper during a large anti-lockdown protest in Liverpool that saw hundreds march through the city streets

A man is arrested and sprayed with pepper during a large anti-lockdown protest in Liverpool that saw hundreds march through the city streets

In Basildon, Essex, police clash with demonstrators was recorded today amid a "large unauthorized gathering" in the city center.

The protest, which violated the government's Covid-19 measures, resulted in multiple arrests after "attempts to contact the participants were unsuccessful," Essex police said.

Officials have issued a dissemination order within the boundaries of Great Oaks and Southernhay. The armed forces added, "We know this is a challenging time, but we all have a responsibility to follow the rules and protect one another."

And three were arrested in Ipswich when police "reiterated their embassy that there are no exceptions to participate in protests". The arrests were made today during an anti-coronavirus lockdown rally.

Protesters in Liverpool were photographed clashing with police today as officials stopped by after the demonstration to make arrests.

The rallies were triggered by Boris Johnson's latest Covid-19 restrictions, which closed all non-essential shops, bars and restaurants in England for four weeks from November 5th.

Merseyside Police Department Chief Superintendent Ngaire Waine said: "The vast majority of Merseyside people have made huge sacrifices since March, missing weddings, funerals and family celebrations to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

& # 39; We have seen infection rates drop in Merseyside thanks to the dedication of so many people, and already more than 140,000 have taken part in a mass test pilot here in Merseyside to help national efforts to protect life and return to normal support. You are an honor for this county.

“It will be incredibly frustrating for all of these people to see a minority of selfish people disobeying laws to protect people's lives and put our communities and themselves at risk.

& # 39; Your actions pose a significant public health risk and we will continue to investigate CCTV and Bodycam to identify criminals and bring them to justice.

“We have arrested 15 people so far and dispersed many more. Our officials, who were deployed to encourage people to do the right thing and to carry out enforcement to protect the public, were senselessly ill-treated by many gathered, but continued to do their jobs with absolute professionalism. & # 39;

She added, “This pandemic has understandably made many fearful of contracting and passing on coronavirus. The sight of a large group downtown will alarm many who are now aware of the risk large groups can pose to the spread of this virus.

It comes as the UK recorded 391 new hospital deaths today, the highest Saturday increase since May - 21 from last Saturday

It comes as the UK recorded 391 new hospital deaths today, the highest Saturday increase since May – 21 from last Saturday

Rallies took place in London today at which the Metropolitan Police confirmed that four people were arrested for violating Covid-19 regulations after they gathered in Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park

Rallies took place in London today at which the Metropolitan Police confirmed that four people were arrested for violating Covid-19 regulations after they gathered in Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park

The officials confirmed that those arrested today remained in custody while the "rest of the crowd was dispersed." Pictured: A man is arrested in London

The officials confirmed that those arrested today remained in custody while the "rest of the crowd was dispersed." Pictured: A man is arrested in London

Anti-lockdown protesters gesture to the police during the march through Bournemouth city center today

Anti-lockdown protesters gesture to the police during the march through Bournemouth city center today

A man is being held by police during the rally as people marched through Liverpool shouting "Freedom".

A man is being held by police during the rally as people marched through Liverpool shouting "Freedom".

In England, 316 people who tested positive for coronavirus were confirmed to have died in the past 24 hours, while there were 37 deaths in Scotland and the number of victims rose by 28 in Wales. Image: Bournemouth today

In England, 316 people who tested positive for coronavirus were confirmed to have died in the past 24 hours, while there were 37 deaths in Scotland and the number of victims rose by 28 in Wales. Image: Bournemouth today

Social distancing is nowhere to be seen as activists marched through the seaside town of Bournemouth today holding placards reading "Freedom" and "The pandemic is over".

Social distancing is nowhere to be seen as activists marched through the seaside town of Bournemouth today holding placards reading "Freedom" and "The pandemic is over".

An anti-lockdown protester holds up a sign reading "The pandemic is over" during the rally in Bournemouth this afternoon

An anti-lockdown protester holds up a sign reading "The pandemic is over" during the rally in Bournemouth this afternoon

An activist holds up a sign reading 'Freedom' this afternoon during the anti-lockdown march in the seaside town of Bournemouth

An activist holds up a sign reading 'Freedom' this afternoon during the anti-lockdown march in the seaside town of Bournemouth

Social distancing was nowhere to be seen as the group walked through Bournemouth city center to take action

Social distancing was nowhere to be seen as the group walked through Bournemouth city center to take action

Pictured: Protests in Basildon today

Pictured: Protests in Basildon today

In Basildon, Essex, footage of police clashes with protesters in the middle of a "large unauthorized gathering" in the city center was captured

& # 39; We have established a Section 34 expansion zone downtown and invested significant resources in the city to ensure we can handle this gathering. We have encouraged those involved to disperse and have taken enforcement action against those who have committed blatant violations of covid laws – particularly those who organized the meeting.

"Your actions pose a significant public health risk and we will continue to investigate CCTV and bodycam to identify criminals and bring them to justice."

In England, it was confirmed today that 316 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in the past 24 hours, while 37 people died in Scotland and the number of victims rose by 28 in Wales.

Another ten deaths were recorded in Northern Ireland.

In the meantime, it has been proposed to halve the quarantine times for contacts in Covid-19 cases to just one week or to eliminate them completely as part of a pilot test.

On a dreary afternoon, crowds of protesters marched through Bournemouth to oppose the government's Covid restrictions

On a dreary afternoon, crowds of protesters marched through Bournemouth to oppose the government's Covid restrictions

An anti-lockdown protester is seen in a Guy Fawkes mask as the Bournemouth march passes through the town center

An anti-lockdown protester is seen in a Guy Fawkes mask as the Bournemouth march passes through the town center

Large numbers of protesters clash with police in a large anti-lockdown protest in Liverpool today that saw hundreds march through the city streets

Large numbers of protesters clash with police in a large anti-lockdown protest in Liverpool today that saw hundreds march through the city streets

Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters march through the streets of Bournemouth amid demonstrations across Britain today

Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters march through the streets of Bournemouth amid demonstrations across Britain today

Rapid tests that can produce results in as little as 15 minutes will be handed over to rescue workers in Liverpool next week to ensure the rest of their team doesn't have to self-isolate if you test positive.

In today's numbers, patients who died of coronavirus in England were between 28 and 102 years old. With the exception of five patients between the ages of 64 and 96 years, all had known the underlying health conditions, and the deaths occurred between June 3 and November 20.

22 other deaths were reported without a positive Covid-19 test result. That brings the total confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 38,112, according to NHS England.

The total death toll was the highest Saturday increase since May 2, when 469 deaths were reported.

Last Saturday, November 14th, the death toll rose by 370. This means that today's number is up 5.7 percent from last week. Last Saturday, November 7th, 366 deaths were recorded.

Rapid tests will be carried out on contacts of people infected with the virus who have been stuck at home for more than seven days, with those who get negative results being released from quarantine.

If the mass test pilot proves successful, it could be rolled out across the UK. However, this is not expected to give the green light until next year at the earliest.