- Title: Anti-vax protesters storm London shopping centre
- Date: 29th May 2021
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (MAY 29, 2021) (REUTERS) LINE OF POLICE INSIDE WESTFIELD LONDON SHOPPING CENTRE, ANTI-MASK AND ANTI-VACCINE PROTESTERS ARGUING WITH POLICE PROTESTERS SHOUTING, ADDRESSING PEOPLE INSIDE SHOPPING CENTRE PROTESTERS HOLDING BANNERS READING (English) "BBC Liars" AND "This is tyranny" PROTESTER ADDRESSING PEOPLE INSIDE SHOPPING CENTRE LARGE GROUP OF PROTESTERS OUTSIDE SHOPPING CENTRE POLICE SPEAKING TO PEOPLE APPLE STORE INSIDE SHOPPING CENTRE APPLE EMPLOYEE PLACING SIGN ON STORE WINDOW SAYING THE STORE IS CLOSED FOR THE DAY CLOSED STORE VARIOUS OF POLICE OFFICERS WALKING AROUND SHOPPING CENTRE WIDE OF SHOPPING CENTRE
- Embargoed: 12th June 2021 21:23
- Keywords: COVID pandemic London Westfield shopping centre anti lockdown protest anti-vaxxers vaccine scepticism
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Europe,Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001EF0LAH3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Anti-vaccine and anti-mask protesters disrupted one of Europe's largest shopping centres in London on Saturday (May 29) after forcing their way into the popular Shepherd's Bush Westfield.
Big-name shops such as Apple were forced to close early after the incursion by the demonstrators, who were protesting a government imposed obligation to wear masks in enclosed spaces â€“ one of a range of mandated measures to fight the spread of the virus that causes the coronavirus disease.
Metropolitan Police said in a tweet that the demonstration has caused "significant disruption to the local community and businesses."
The recent rise in the Indian variant of the COVID virus in the UK has fuelled speculation that the lifting of final COVID restrictions on June 21 might be delayed.
(Production: Sophie Tessier, Kristian Brunse, Yann Tessier, Lewis Macdonald, Liliana Ciobanu)
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