Anti-lockdown protesters caused one of the UK’s largest shopping centers to close early on Saturday after forcing their entry.
Demonstrators clashed with police as they pushed to enter the Westfield shopping center in Shepherd’s Bush, west London.
Officers started a protective line around the center around 4.30pm as the protest heated up and saw police using bats to keep the demonstrators away.
Some even insisted on entering the building and the footage showed crowds of people standing at a table and singing “What do you want? Freedom! When do you want it? Now!”
Stores in the center had to close due to protests and diners were told to leave.
Twitter users described how store staff became “barricaded” in stores as outdoor protests continued.
Met Police said the incident caused “significant damage to the local community and businesses”.
At 7.45pm, it confirmed that the place was quiet.
Many demonstrations took place throughout the day in central London and were mostly peaceful, with only a small group traveling to Westfield.
Thousands gathered to protest against coronavirus vaccination launch and the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act.
Police said they had agreed to three separate demonstrations throughout the day, two of which “ended without incident”.