LONDON (ChurchMilitant.com) - England's stereotype of the genial "bobby on the beat" was shattered Saturday after scores of police brutally assaulted peaceful protestors in London's iconic Trafalgar Square as Britain plunged into a second Wuhan virus lockdown.
London's Metropolitan Police, who have adopted consistently a more lenient approach to Black Lives Matter (BLM) rioters, charged crowds with batons unleashing a torrent of brutality rarely witnessed before at a peaceful demonstration in the Western world.
Police in full riot gear physically assaulted women and men in the throng of over 25,000 demonstrators who had come from all over Britain to participate in the "We Do Not Consent" protest against the draconian new measures imposed by the Conservative-in-name-only Boris Johnson regime.
The protest marked six months since the passage of the Coronavirus Act, which gave Britain's government virtually unlimited powers to impose restrictions ostensibly to curb the spread of the Wuhan virus.
Mainstream media collaborating with the government's new draconian lockdown measures smeared protestors as "conspiracy theorists" and "anti-vaxxers," falsely claiming that unruly demonstrators had provoked the police response.
"I was amidst a section of the crowd in front of England's National Portrait Gallery as batons were indiscriminately swung down on heads," Dr. Niall McCrae, an anti-lockdown speaker and a lecturer at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery at King's College, London, told Church Militant.
Ironically, the rally began with a minute's silence for a police officer who was shot dead two days earlier. "You could have heard a pin drop. Nobody came for any trouble, but to listen to the speakers and to share solidarity in the context of the pandemic, both in the severe constraints imposed by the authorities, and the mass hysteria in society," the academic noted.
McCrae, co-author of Moralitis, A Cultural Virus, described the bloody scene:
A man next to me was struck with force. He did nothing wrong, except being nearest to a particularly aggressive member of the riot squad. Others around me had blood streaming down their faces. A woman in her fifties was punched and then hurled to the ground by an officer, the back of her head almost hitting the stone. This is "saving lives."
Video footage shows a woman standing on a portable chair, which an officer pulls from under her feet. As demonstrators admonish the policeman, another officer intervenes and shoves her to the ground.
The woman then frantically grapples for what appears to be a walking stick as bystanders speak up in her defence.
McCrae, a commentator on the Chinese communist regime, said he asked officers in charge the reason for the police violence.
"One officer explained that the rally had breached the terms of the risk assessment, specifically the rules on social distancing," McCrae said.
Organizers said they had negotiated the social distancing rules with London's Metropolitan Police with a complete health and safety impact assessment filed in advance as required by the new guidelines for holding demonstrations.
While demonstrators began gathering around midday, police started using force to disperse the crowd at around 3 p.m., claiming crowds were not obeying "conditions of their risk assessment" and people without masks were "putting people in danger of transmitting the virus."
"A woman next to me argued that this is not a law but a guideline. Whether she was right or wrong, the police seemed to be hugely overreacting," McCrae remarked.
"The police came to a good-natured protest dressed for a riot, but as a plethora of video evidence shows, they were the rioters. This contrasts starkly with softly-softly policing of BLM demonstrators, who threw cycles at police horses and defaced war memorials, and with the Extinction Rebellion roadblocks, where officers stood smiling in the sunshine," McCrae lamented.
Demonstrators moved to London's Hyde Park — world-famous for its bastion of free speech, Speakers' Corner — where they were met by a second police clampdown.
At 4:30 p.m. riot police began charging the newly formed crowds, claiming the second protest was illegal as it did have permission and people were congregate in groups of over six — prohibited by the latest government diktat.
"Once again in London, riot police were sent in to attack peaceful citizens who were rallying to call for a restoration of civil liberties which are evaporating in the U.K. under the Johnson government," mayoral candidate and member of the London Assembly David Kurten told Church Militant.
Kurten, a speaker at a previous anti-lockdown rally and a committed Christian, said he found "chilling" the "appalling scenes of a woman being beaten to the ground in Trafalgar Square and respected German doctor Heiko Schöning being arrested in Speakers' Corner simply for questioning the fear mongering narratives on COVID-19."
"Citizens must stand up now to reclaim our rights and our civil liberties in the face of an accelerating tyranny," Kurten noted.
"Political policing by thugs in uniform is a worrying development. Britain is on a knife edge. When will our church leaders make a stand for our God-given liberty?" McCrae asked.
Protestors have lambasted Muslim mayor of London Sadiq Khan for calling the lockdown protests "unacceptable" while displaying solidarity with BLM rioters in June.
Speakers at the rally included former footballer and sports broadcaster David Icke and Piers Corbyn, weather forecaster, businessman and activist.
Police commander Ade Adelekan said: "As the crowds began to swell in Trafalgar Square, it became impossible for people maintain social distancing and keep each other safe. In the interest of public safety, officers then worked quickly to disperse crowds."
Sixteen demonstrators were arrested and nine officers injured. Adelekan did not release figures on the number of protestors injured or indiscriminately attacked by police.