London coronavirus: Hundreds gather in Hyde Park in mass protest against lockdown



Hundreds of people have gathered in Hyde Park in a mass protest against the coronavirus lockdown.

Those in attendance are ignoring social distancing rules and can be seen standing close to one another near Speaker's Corner.


Several people can be seen holding placards and banners including slogans like "freedom over fear" as police, including some on horseback, look on.

One journalist estimated that several hundred people are in Hyde Park on Saturday afternoon (May 16).


He said: "Several hundred people in Hyde Park, Central London, protesting against the lockdown and breaking the social distancing rules.

"Police trying to move them. Some here opposing those opposing the lockdown."


Another person in attendance tweeted: "Happening now: mass gathering at Hyde Park in London protesting lockdown."


It has been suggested that at least one man has been arrested in connection with the protest. This has not yet been confirmed by the Metropolitan Police.


Some people took to Twitter to speak of their anger at those protesting.

One said: "Makes me so angry seeing those people in Hyde Park protesting. So utterly selfish!"


Another added: "If you are in Hyde park protesting right now you are a certified idiot."

David Samson, 50, who said he works in finance, told PA he attended the protest because "I never thought I'd see in my generation the suppressing of civil rights" over a "fake virus".


The UK has the second highest confirmed death toll from coronavirus in the world, second only to the United States.



Source: My London News

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