Coronavirus lockdown protesters defy rules with group hug outside Scotland Yard
A group of around 20 people have gathered outside Scotland Yard – the Metropolitan Police’s headquarters in central London – to protest against the lockdown, which is designed to stop the spread of the infectious disease
People protesting the coronavirus lockdown have been seen hugging in front of the Metropolitan Police’s headquarters.
A group of about 20 people gathered outside the central London police station Scotland Yard today.
They huddled together while holding their signs, declining to follow government guidelines urging people to stay two metres apart from each other.
Members of the protest can be seen being spoken to by police officers.
Protesters take part in a ‘mass group hug’ (Image: AFP via Getty Images)
It is currently against lockdown laws to leave home without a reasonable excuse due to the risk of spreading the coronavirus, which has now killed more than 26,000 people in the UK.
There has also been strict social distancing guidance issued by the government, instructing people to remain two metres away from others when they do leave home.
At one point in the protest a man, who has his mouth covered, tells a police officer that he is “sworn in to protect and serve the public”.
Later on most of the people present came together in a large hug, cheering “let’s save lives” while embracing.
The anti-lockdown protest had about 20 participants (Image: AFP via Getty Images)
A man held up a placard objecting to the lockdown (Image: Alamy Live News.)
A woman claims to believe in science (Image: Alamy Live News.)
Several of them are children.
“Save lives, hug someone,” a man in a yellow vest shouted.
Another woman could be seen holding a sign which read: “What is the side effect of 5G? Covid-19!!”
A man is held by police officers during a protest against the Covid-19 lockdown (Image: PA)
A man is carried away by the police (Image: PA)
Following the group hugs and chants, police officers tried to carry some of the protesters away.
In scenes reminiscent of the Extinction Rebellion action last year, about six officers hauled one man away.
Another could be seen lying resolutely on the floor.
protesters declined to follow social distancing rules
The group were no in favour of the lockdown (Image: REUTERS)
The UK Government has told people to stay at home as much as possible and to keep two metres away from anyone outside of your household.
The law says people should not be outside their house without a “reasonable excuse”.
Reasons include exercise, shopping and caring others, but not protesting.
Protests have been held in the United States over the coronavirus lockdown, despite the country being the worst affected in the world.