Protesters clash with British police in central London. Eight police injured

Eight British police officers were injured and 12 were arrested after hundreds of protesters clashed with police on a bonfire night in central London on Friday night.

Protesters wearing Guy Fawkes-style masks gathered at Trafalgar Square to burn a portrait of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Protesters then moved to the Capitol, where they wore protective equipment and clashed with police.

The Metropolitan Police Department said on Twitter that the demonstrators “dangerously lit fireworks and rockets,” some of which “attacked people and exploded near crowds.”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art said a total of 12 people were arrested “for various crimes” during demonstrations across London.

The unit said eight officers were injured and “unacceptable.”

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Police clash with protesters attending the Million Mask March at Parliament Square in London on November 5, 2021. (PA)

Many of the demonstrators who attended the rally known as Million Mask March put up signs protesting the blockade of COVID-19.

Since March 2020, England has experienced three waves of national blockades and “gradual” regional blockades, resulting in many unemployment and permanent closures of many businesses. The school was closed for months and the exam was canceled for the second consecutive year. For months, attending events and protests, as well as meetings with friends and family, was illegal.

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The St. George’s flag and the “Trump Wins” flag will fly over the people participating in the Million Mask March outside London’s Downing Street on November 5, 2021. (PA)

The British government lifted all CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus blockade restrictions in the United Kingdom on July 19. On September 12, the government said the Prime Minister would abolish some of the emergency powers enacted in the United Kingdom by the 2020 Coronavirus Act in the near future.

Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night, is a British tradition that began on November 5, 1605, when Guy Fawkes was arrested in an attempt to blow up the Aristocratic House and James I was arrested using it. ..

The British celebrate the day with bonfires and fireworks every year.

The white-smiling Guy Fawkes mask is popular with dissident hackers and protesters around the world due to the movie “V for Vendetta”.

Lily Zhou and PA contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan