Police injured outside Downing Street as chaos erupts in Covid protests

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Multiple police have reportedly been injured outside 10 Downing Street after clashing with anti-lockdown protesters.

Footage on Twitter seems to show an injured officer being escorted away.

Protesters gathered in Parliament Square from 12pm this afternoon, where they clashed with police before marching through central London.

Scotland Yard previously said some officers suffered minor injuries when they were attacked by people attempting to stop colleagues escorting a police motorcyclist through crowds that had occupied a road.

It was reported that a flare was thrown at police officers during chaos outside Downing Street.

Eggs were also thrown at the window of a shop near the Apple Store in Regent Street earlier today.

The protest group are opposed to Boris Johnson’s Plan B announcement and the possible implementation of vaccine passports.

Sadiq Khan declared a “major incident” in the capital earlier today due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

This follows almost 100,000 people in the UK confirmed to have contracted Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.

Organisers Together Declaration said: “We represent more than 200 organisations, business groups, campaigners and professionals who have come together because we are gravely concerned about where the introduction of vaccine passports could lead.

“In the UK, we enjoy many hard-won liberties and rights, all fought for and defended by our ancestors. These rights are not only fundamental to our understanding of democracy, they are rights we believe all humans should have.”

The protesters claim they are against "unwarrented" vaccine passports for pubs, clubs and theatres.

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The Metropolitan Police said: "Officers are deployed in central London to ensure a planned demonstration takes place safely and with minimal disruption to the general public.

"We are aware of videos shared online showing a minor scuffle in Parliament Square. At around 12:30hrs, protestors attempted to stop a group of officers who were escorting a police motorcyclist through crowds that had occupied a road. Some officers suffered minor injuries but order was quickly restored.

"Shortly before 15:00hrs, having made their way to Regent Street, a group of protestors stopped outside a shop and began directing abuse towards those inside. Eggs were thrown at windows but no injuries were reported. Officers quickly intervened and calm was restored without further incident.

"At around 16:00hrs a group of protestors stopped on Whitehall in the vicinity of Downing Street. Projectiles, including beer cans and a flare, were thrown at officers.

"Regrettably, officers elsewhere on Whitehall were also subjected to abuse and physical violence. A number of officers sustained injuries as a result.

"There is a significant police presence in the area as officers continue to respond to any outbreaks of disorder.

"At this stage, there have been no arrests."

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