Thousands of anti-mask protesters descend on London calling for lockdown end hours after capital's Tier 2 restrictions

THOUSANDS of anti-mask protesters descended on London today calling for "freedom" as the capital entered tougher lockdown rules.

The group marched through Hyde Park and Oxford Street demanding an end to lockdown.

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They held up placards reading "Covid-19 equals control" and "lockdown kills" while shunning protective face masks.

The agitators were flanked by police officers as they made their way through central London.

Jeremy Corbyn's brother Piers, who was previously fined £10,000 for organising a rally, was also in attendance.

He could be seen shouting into a megaphone with his fist raised in the air.

The group is calling for the end of face masks and want to stop any coronavirus vaccines.

They also held up a huge banner demanding no social distancing measures under the hashtag "Our Movement".

It came as Londoners woke up in tougher coronavirus restrictions under Tier 2 lockdown rules.

Different households have now been banned from drinking togther inside pubs and meeting in each other's homes.

Revellers last night clashed with cops before the new rules came into effect as they packed out streets in the capital.

Other areas moving into Tier 2 include Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, York, North East Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield.

Lancashire yesterday joined Liverpool on the toughest lockdown measures in Tier 3.

Under the new rules, people are banned from mixing with other households, indoors or outdoors.

Businesses such as leisure centres and bars not serving food must close, but restaurants and schools can stay open.

A Battle of the North is still rumbling on between Boris and Manchester mayor Andy Burnham over placing the city under Tier 3 restrictions.

Boris Johnson is now facing calls from his own MPs for a national "circuit breaker" lockdown.


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