World
Sun Sep 20, 2020 9:58
More Than 30 Arrested During Coronavirus Protests in London
TEHRAN (FNA)- UK Police made 32 arrests during a demonstration in Central London against coronavirus restrictions and mass vaccinations.

More than a thousand people are estimated to have joined the rally in Trafalgar Square, among them 5G conspiracy theorists, coronavirus sceptics and “anti-vaxxers”, The Guardian reported.

Sections got into scuffles with police – some officers, with their batons drawn, were pushed back by crowds on the margins of the demo.

At least one protester was seen with a bloodied head while another was seen receiving medical attention on the ground, and London ambulance service announced that three patients were assessed with one taken to hospital.

By early evening on Saturday, the Metropolitan police said the area had been cleared.

The force added it attended the the Resist and Act for Freedom rally, which began at about midday, and attempted to encourage protesters to leave throughout the day.

“Despite this, protesters remained, putting themselves and others at risk,” it said, adding, “It is important to remember that we are still in the middle of a global pandemic, and the changes have been introduced to help control the spread of the virus, keep everybody safe and save lives.”

Dozens of officers, including some mounted on horseback, tried to break up ranks of protesters who had formed human blockades to prevent them making arrests, with loud cheering and chanting as they pushed back the police, according to The PA news agency.

Meanwhile, others attempted to calm the situation down. One man, speaking through a megaphone, stated, “Remember this is about peace. We don’t want no hooligans … I’m one of the ones who started this thing … So don’t come now and mess it up. Don’t come now and fight with the police.”

Elsewhere a group of young people performed a song in front of a line of police officers to de-escalate the situation, chanting, “Coronavirus, unruly like Miley Cyrus."

Among the crowds were people selling T-shirts bearing 5G conspiracy theories and advocating the legalisation of cannabis, with banners calling for government scientific advisers to be sacked and declaring COVID-19 a “hoax”.

Addressing the crowd to huge cheers, organiser and so-called “natural nurse” Kate Shemirani noted, “We are the resistance.”

The protest was advertised with an image showing a vaccine bottle and urging people to “Come together, resist and act”.

The confrontation came several hours into the rally when Shemirani called for men to head to the North-West corner of the square, where police were beginning to gather.

Aside from the flare-up, the gathering was largely peaceful, with protesters airing grievances ranging from opposition to coronavirus lockdown measures and masks, to child trafficking and the QAnon conspiracy theory gaining ground in the UK.

According to the NHS, vaccination is the “most important thing we can do to protect ourselves and our children against ill-health” – preventing up to three million deaths worldwide each year.

It warned that it is possible for infectious diseases to quickly spread if people stop using them – pointing to a spike in measles and mumps cases in 2016 and 2018.

There is no evidence that vaccines cause autism, allergies or other conditions, weaken the immune system in any way or contain harmful ingredients, the NHS added.

Since Monday, the number of people from multiple households who can attend social gatherings in England, whether indoors or outdoors, has been cut to six under new “rule of six” COVID-19 restrictions.

However, there are a number of exemptions, including for protests. In order to be exempted, protest organisers must take steps including demonstrating that they are a “political body” and complete a thorough risk assessment focusing on coronavirus.

 

 

 

 

Bottom top
Iran’s Mersad, Tabas Missile Systems Target Hypothetical Enemy Drones in Drills

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Air Defense Force and Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force’s Mersad and Tabas missile systems attacked hypothetical enemy targets in joint drills on Wednesday.
Another Karabakh War Rocket Hits House at Iran’s Bordering Village

TEHRAN (FNA)- A rocket fired during clashes between the warring sides, Armenia and Azerbaijan, landed in a village house in the Northeastern bordering province of East Azarbaijan in Iran.
Karabakh Conflict: Diplomatic Efforts Underway as 2nd Truce Falls Apart

TEHRAN (FNA)- The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan arrived in Russia to discuss their countries’ dispute over the South Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh, days before heading to Washington for separate meetings with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as heavy fighting over the region is in its fourth week.
US Embassy Found Guilty of Deadly Attack against Residential Areas in Baghdad

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior commander of Hashd al-Shaabi (popular forces) said that the US embassy in Baghdad was behind the September attack against a house in the Iraqi capital which killed 5 civilians.
Rescue Officials: At Least Five Dead, 20 Wounded in Karachi Building Blast

TEHRAN (FNA)- At least five people have been killed and more than 20 wounded after an explosion in a residential building in the Southern Pakistani city of Karachi, rescue officials said.
Over 5,600 More People in Iran Infected with Coronavirus

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian health ministry announced on Wednesday that 5,616 new cases of coronavirus infection have been identified across the country during the past 24 hours, adding that 312 patients have passed away during the same period.
UK Labour Accuses Johnson of 'Bargaining with People’s Lives' over Lockdown Support

TEHRAN (FNA)- Labour leader Keir Starmer accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of “dividing communities” and pitting regions against each other in his approach to local lockdowns, arguing that areas put in the top level of coronavirus restrictions were likely to be stuck there for months.
Iranian FM Asks Arab Neighbors to Choose between Instability, Peace

TEHRAN (FNA)- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on Iran’s neighbors in the Persian Gulf to cooperate in the establishment of peace and security in the region.
Report: Most Arrests During Protests in US Are Suburban Adults Not Extremists

TEHRAN (FNA)- Most people who were arrested during nationwide protests of racial injustice and police brutality were young suburban adults as opposed to the left-wing extremists groups that President Donald Trump and his allies have repeatedly targeted, an analysis from the Associated Press found.
FM Zarif: Iran Urging All States to Choose Peace, Security, Stability

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a Twitter message urged all the world countries to choose peace, security, and stability instead of remaining prisoners of the past.
NYPD to Increase Police Presence Days Before Presidential Election

TEHRAN (FNA)- The New York Police Department (NYPD) plans to increase police presence in the city in the eight days ahead of the 2020 election, officials announced on Tuesday.
IRGC, Army Destroy Aggressive Targets by Powerful Indigenous Air Defense Shields during Joint Drills

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) forces exercised destruction of hypothetical enemy targets in high and mid altitudes by the powerful home-made Third of Khordad and Khordad 15 air defense systems during the joint aerial wargames on Wednesday.
Breonna Taylor Grand Juror Claims Panel Was Not Given A Chance to Consider Homicide Charges Against US Cops

TEHRAN (FNA)- A grand juror in the Breonna Taylor case came forward to claim that the panel was not given an opportunity to consider homicide charges against the Louisville police officers involved in the 26-year-old EMT's death.
Iran: Pakistani Traders Able to Invest in Chabahar

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran expressed its preparedness to accept Pakistani merchants and companies for investment in Chabahar Special Economic Zone, Mirjaveh and the new Rimdan border crossing, according to Deputy Governor of Sistan and Balouchestan province Mandana Zangeneh.
Speaker Informs of New Economic Decisions for Trade

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf said that new decisions have been made on goods swap, foreign exchange supply and imports and exports procedure.