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London protest chaos as riot police brawl with angry anti-lockdown crowd – fury at Boris

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In videos on social media, riot police can be seen moving protestors from a camp in west London. The demonstrators were there to protest against the extension of lockdown restrictions beyond June 21. Filmed this morning by members of the group, the police can be seen in one video forcing demonstrators away from the area. 

The police were also videoed dismantling the camp while clashing with members of the group. 

One person can also be seen being detained by officers as they tried to move the group away from the camp this morning in Shepherd’s Bush. 

The officers were part of the Met’s tactical Support Group who arrived to clear the so-called ‘Lovedown’ camp.

A Met Police statement said: “On Thursday 17 June officers attended Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 to support the National Eviction Team as they carry out an eviction following the receipt of a possession order from the High Court by the Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

“Officers were there in order to prevent a breach of the peace, assist with any obstruction issues and deal with any criminal matters.”

It is thought some of the demonstrators have managed to remain in the area despite the police operation. 

The High Court provided the possession order earlier this week, while bailiffs had also gathered to clear the scene. 

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