Police swing batons on anti-lockdown protesters in London's Trafalgar Square and stop health expert speaking to crowd

Police were filmed rushing and using their batons on protesters at a protest in central London against coronavirus restrictions on Saturday afternoon.

The meet, which was held in Trafalgar Square during a rainy and windswept Saturday afternoon, was disrupted when storms of police wafted through the huge crowds manhandling them and using blunt force.

The protest was there to demonstrate against the lockdown and restrictions with numerous people speaking.

The Metropolitan Police said the protest had been shut down because the crowd was not complying with social distancing.

However, protesters claim that the police moved in after a German world health expert went to speak on a megaphone about how the Covid-19 virus is a ‘hoax.’

The crowd told reporters that the doctor was about to speak on behalf of ‘thousands of other experts’ who claim the coronavirus is being used for other agendas such as population control and funding big pharmaceutical companies.

Officers removed sound equipment and penned the crowd in Trafalgar Square as water and bottles were thrown at them by demonstrators – with some chanting “pick your side”.

Two police officers required hospital treatment and numerous protesters were seen with visible injuries after the police used batons on them.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan called the protest ‘selfish’.

He said: “The reckless and violent behaviour of some protesters has left hard-working police officers injured and put the safety of our city, which is at a critical moment in the fight against this virus, at risk. This is totally unacceptable.

“We cannot let the sacrifices Londoners have made be undermined by the selfish behaviour of a small number.

“Violence of this kind towards officers will not be tolerated and perpetrators will feel the full force of the law.”

The protest started at midday on Saturday and had dispersed by late afternoon.

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