Four people, including a 13-year-old girl, have been arrested during a demonstration to support Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union as protesters donned yellow vests to copy-cat a highly popular movement in France.
The Evening Standard newspaper said police had used force to contain more than 100 people who were trying to approach the British parliament compound in Westminster, near London’s Trafalgar Square.
Police said the demonstrators had caused disruption by setting off smoke bombs on the streets, saying those arrested would be charged with assaulting police and committing public order offences.
“Four arrests have been made following protests on Westminster Bridge, SW1 at approximately 11am today,” said the Metropolitan Police, adding that the 13-year-old girl had attempted to attack police officers at the scene of the protest.
Pictures released online showed protesters wearing yellow vest outfits similar to those worn in France over the past weeks during protests against social injustice and poverty.
The British protesters, who were angry at a current political deadlock in the parliament over Brexit, sit down in the road to stop traffic while others let off smoke bombs, again in tandem with of the French yellow vest movement.
Police have been tough on any form of social activism in London and other large cities across Britain as the country prepares to leave the EU in March. Many expect chaos would erupt on the streets if the governments fail to secure its divorce deal with the EU in the parliament in the coming weeks.
There is a special threat of rioting by far-right, anti-immigrant groupsafter a no-deal Brexit as the government warns those groups would do their best to use the political situation to their benefit.
Four people including a 13-year-old girl were arrested today during a yellow vest pro-Brexit march in central London.
Around 100 people in yellow vests marched through Westminster for the protest towards Trafalgar Square, causing disruption and setting off smoke bombs.
Police said a girl aged 13 had been arrested on suspicion of assaulting police.
Three men were also arrested on suspicion of public order offences, police said.