Thirty-two people have been arrested after conspiracy theorists clashed with police during a protest against coronavirus lockdown measures.
Hundreds of demonstrators attended the rally in Trafalgar Square, some of whom became involved in "outbreaks of violence towards officers", the Metropolitan Police said.
Dozens of officers – including some on horseback – attempted to break up the demonstration, but they were resisted by ranks of protesters who formed human blockades.
There was loud cheering and chanting as some protesters pushed back the police, according to the Press Association news agency.
In a statement, Scotland Yard said that despite officers attempting to "explain, engage and encourage" the protesters to leave the rally, many remained "putting themselves and others at risk".
As a result, police said they would be taking "enforcement action to disperse those who remain in the area" – warning that those who remained were posing a risk to themselves and others and could be arrested.
The Met said a total of 32 arrests were made for offences including violent disorder, public order and assault on an emergency worker, as well under COVID-19 regulations.
Two police officers suffered minor injuries, the force added.
Local lockdown measures are being introduced in the North West, Midlands and West Yorkshire, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has admitted that national guidance may have to go beyond the current "rule of six".
Saturday's demonstration meant traffic around Trafalgar Square was halted, and one protester was seen apparently spitting through the open window of a taxi, with the driver beeping their horn in frustration.
Those organising the rally, which was cleared shortly after 6pm, sold T-shirts featuring 5G conspiracy theories and advocating the legalisation of cannabis.
Banners carried by others in attendance described the COVID-19 pandemic as a hoax, advocated against people wearing masks, and accused the government of concealing the truth.
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