Yesterday the Metropolitan Police announced on Twitter that it was “aware of several groups intending on gathering in and around central London on Saturday, 20 March, for the purpose of protest”. Protestors are gathering in the UK capital to demonstrate against the continued coronavirus lockdown conditions and the Government’s controversial Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts Bill. The warning from the Metropolitan Police also comes as an inquiry into the policing of last weekend’s vigil for murdered 33-year-old Sarah Everard gets underway.
The Metropolitan Police Events tweeted: “We’re aware groups are planning to travel into London today to protest.
“Our city remains in a health crisis, gatherings risk spreading the virus and are unlawful.
“We have a policing plan in place throughout the day.
“We’d urge people to reconsider protesting and stay home.”
On Friday Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor, said: “The Met is committed to working with groups who wish to assemble to protest or for other purposes.
“But these are not normal times. Within the last few weeks, London has seen high infection rates with many people in hospital because of coronavirus.
“Given the very real threat to public health, it is vital we all take action to avoid situations where the virus can easily spread.”
More to follow…