The group marched through Hyde Park and Oxford Street today calling for the government to end lockdown restrictions despite the soaring number of cases across the city. Some were seen holding banners claiming “lockdown kills”.
Jeremy Corbyn’s brother, Piers, attended the rally despite being fined £10,000 for previously organising a protest.
He was seen shouting into a megaphone with a raised fist.
The protesters called for the end of the mandatory face mask rule and even want to stop coronavirus vaccines.
It came after the capital woke up with tougher restrictions imposed under Boris Johnson’s Tier 2 rules.
Anti-face mask protesters descend upon London
Protesters against face masks and lockdown
Announcing the news measures, health secretary Matt Hancock said: “We’ve together agreed that London needs to move to local COVID alert level ‘high’.
“Infection rates are on a steep upward path with the number of cases doubling every 10 days.
“The seven-day average case rate stands today at 97 rising sharply. We know from the first peak, the infection can spread fast and put huge pressures on the NHS so we must act now to prevent the need for tougher measures later on.
“So working closely with the mayor, with cross-party council leadership, with local public health officials and the national team, we’ve together agreed that London needs to move to local Covid alert level high.”
Protesters claimed face masks don’t keep them safe
Mr Hancock thanked those who work and live in the capital, adding: “We all need to play our part in getting the virus under control once again.”
Following the new measures, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan urged the Prime Minister to put a support package in place for the capital.
In a letter to Mr Johnson, Mr Khan said “It is vital London has the resources to engage, explain, encourage and enforce heightened restriction and support compliance,” Mr Khan said in the letter.
“One London borough has done some specific work to estimate the cost of providing that service for six months from November onward and it is £300k over and above the allocation that was recently made to councils for support to compliance.
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“I am aware that these are discussions that have taken place with other areas that have had restrictions in place and London government would expect to have those discussions as well.”
Under these measurements, different households have now been banned from going inside pubs and meeting in each other’s homes.
Other areas which are now in the same Tier include Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, York, North East Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield.
Yesterday Lancashire entered the highest Tier alongside Liverpool meaning people are banned from mixing with other households both indoors and outdoors.
Protesters descended upon the capital
Businesses such as leisure centres and bars have been forced to close again but restaurants and schools can remain open.
Last weekend, Police lined the streets as people marched with banners declaring the virus a hoax.
Others read “I will not vaccinate” and “martial law coming, think it’s still about health?”
Police detain a man during the protests
The protestors were mostly unmasked as they made their way through central London.
Back in September, another anti-lockdown protest took place were police arrested people and nine officers were injured following clashes.
Thousands gathered in Trafalgar Square as part of a “we do not consent” rally.