Sixteen people were arrested and nine officers were hurt as anti-lockdown protesters clashed with police trying to shut down a huge demonstration in central London.
Missiles were thrown at police amid efforts to disperse thousands of people – many claiming coronavirus is a hoax – from Trafalgar Square, just up the road from Downing Street, in central London.
Nine officers were injured during clashes with a “small minority” of protesters, police say, and at least two required hospital treatment.
Officers penned the crowd in and water was thrown at them by demonstrators while crowds chanted “pick your side” and hurled verbal abuse.
Bottles were thrown and police used batons against protesters, leaving some with visible injuries, as officers shut down the rally for breaching social distancing rules.