Five arrests and police injured at anti-lockdown protests in London

Protests in London against remaining UK Covid rules

Police officers guard a street in London on Tuesday.

Large-scale protests against England's remaining coronavirus resulted in injuries to eight officers and the arrest of five people, said police in London on Saturday.

The demonstrators marched along several major arteries, including the main shopping district Oxford Street, with videos and photos showing thousands in attendance.

Hundreds then rallied in Hyde Park late afternoon following the march, an AFP reporter said. "Eight officers were injured while trying to disperse the crowd in Hyde Park", and they added that the protesters threw bottles and other things. Thankfully, they are not believed to be seriously injured.

In response to the marked improvement in health conditions in the United Kingdom, the march also surpassed London, as it began lifting sanctions - the country most affected in Europe by Kovid-19 with more than 127,000 dead - and vaccinated.

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After more than three months, the roofs of non-essential shops, pubs and restaurants and hairdressers and gyms reopened in England about two weeks ago, returning the cities for their livelihood.

Thousands of people protested today in St.Gallen in eastern Switzerland against measures by the Swiss government to curb the virus.

"Anyone coming into London for a protest must make sure their gathering is lawful, with a risk assessment carried out by the organiser", the Metropolitan Police Service said on Twitter.

Up to six people from two different households are allowed to meet outdoors, as part of the government's roadmap out of the lockdown which, according to the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, will see all legal limits on social contact removed by June 21 at the earliest.

Another major easing is due in mid-May, when some indoor socialising can resume, before almost all restrictions are ended in late June.

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