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Violent scenes have erupted in central London as anti-lockdown protesters clashed with police on what would have been the UK's 'Freedom Day'.

The long hoped-for June 21 easing of restrictions was delayed by a month as the government pushed back the final step in its roadmap out of lockdown over Delta variant fears.

Three officers have been injured and 14 arrests made during the protest around Parliament Square on Monday, the Metropolitan Police said.

Footage showed scenes of protesters scuffling with officers as crowds shouted and filmed.

One piece of footage showed officers detaining a protestor as yelling and swearing could be heard.

Police officers arrest a demonstrator during protest against lockdown restrictions near Parliament Square
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In the clip, police lines pushed back against shoving protestors as they tried to move the crowds on.

The Metropolitan Police said on Twitter that a demonstration in Westminster on Monday afternoon saw traffic blocked and people becoming "obstructive and hostile" towards officers.

The force tweeted that it had deployed officers, including mounted branch units, to respond to demonstrators in Parliament Square and along Whitehall, while it also reported a crowd gathering on Bridge Street.

The crowds carrying anti-lockdown banners rallied against restrictions in central London
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In a later statement the force said 14 people were arrested "for a variety of offences, including obstructing the highway, public order offences, assaulting an emergency service worker and for breach of bail conditions".

It said the injuries to three police officers were "not serious".

The protest came on the day restrictions were hoped to be further eased in England before the Government announced the four week pause amid concern over the spread of the Delta variant.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson today warned he could not rule out further lockdowns this winter, although he hailed the speed of the vaccine rollout as more than 80% of UK adults have had a first jab.

Some demonstrators were protesting the UK's vaccine rollout
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Demonstrators who took to the capital's streets rallied with signs demanding restrictions end, and some railing against Covid vaccines.

Banners reading "medical apartheid is wrong," "my body my choice" and "defy, resist, do not comply" could be seen as crowds descended on Westminster.

The Met's statement said: "Throughout the day, officers worked hard to minimise disruption to the Westminster community and to keep traffic and public transport moving.

"Despite this, several people within the demonstration obstructed the roads or became hostile towards police officers.

"The policing operation will continue into the evening, with a number of officers on patrol throughout Westminster.

"Those who continue to gather are urged to comply with Government regulations to prevent further spread of coronavirus."