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In the videos, police can be heard shouting “move back” in an attempt to contain the crowds who also appear to throw things at them. Police also push the protestors to stop them from moving forward.
The protest comes after journalists working for ITN were trapped in their offices when a group of anti-vaccine and anti-lockdown protesters forced their way into the broadcaster’s London headquarters last week.
In a tweet, the Met confirmed the incident. They said: “We have officers attending a demonstration outside a commercial building on Cabot Square in Canary Wharf. A number of officers are on scene, guarding the entrance to the building.”
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Scotland Yard later added that four officers were injured in the clashes.
In a tweet, they said: “A number of protesters have become violent towards police. Four of our officers have been injured during clashes.
“This is unacceptable. We remain on scene. Updates to follow.”
A decision on whether Covid vaccinations should be extended to 12- to 15-year-olds, something anti-vaxxers undoubtedly oppose, was expected to be announced imminently at the time of the protest. They have now announced they will not be recommending the jabs for this age group but have left the final decision to Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty.
Andrew Wood, councillor for Canary Wharf, said leaflets were being handed out about the vaccination of children.
He added: “The police have been here all week because we were expecting Extinction Rebellion, so most of the police and security’s been outside the banks.
“So whether the anti-vaxxers realised this or not the police were ready for a protest, it’s just that it was anti-vaxxers not Extinction Rebellion who turned up this afternoon.”
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