Anti-vaxx mob clashes with police at Canary Wharf

Anti-vaxx mob clashes with police as protesters try to storm UK medicines regulator’s Canary Wharf headquarters

  • Protesters battle with police outside the offices in Canary Wharf, East London
  • Demonstration targets Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency 
  • Line of Scotland Yard officers guarded entrance to the building this afternoon
  • Police were already in the area for a separate protest by Extinction Rebellion

Anti-vaxxers scuffled with police today as they tried to storm the London offices of Britain’s medicines regulator amid chaotic scenes.

The protesters battled with officers as they attempted to get through the doors of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)’s headquarters.

A line of Scotland Yard officers guarded the entrance to the building in Canary Wharf, East London, to prevent hundreds of demonstrators getting inside. 

The officers were already in the area for a separate protest by Extinction Rebellion activists who have been holding two weeks of environmental demonstrations.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said this afternoon: ‘We have officers attending a demonstration outside a commercial building on Cabot Square in Canary Wharf. A number of officers are on scene, guarding the entrance to the building.

Anti-vaxxers scuffle with police at the London offices of Britain’s medicines regulator today

The protesters battled with officers outside the offices of Britain’s medicines regulator today

Scotland Yard spokesman said officers were guarding the building in Canary Wharf today

‘Officers also continue to attend a demonstration by a separate group in Canary Wharf along Bank Street. Arrests have been made and units remain on scene.’

The force later added: ‘The group have moved off and travelled to the area around South Kensington. Public order officers are on scene.’

Last month anti-vaxxer protesters raided the former BBC News building at White City in West London, apparently unaware that the corporation vacated it in 2013.

And last week they occupied the headquarters of ITV News and Channel 4 News in the capital, chasing presenter Jon Snow into one of the building’s side entrances.

The protest in Canary Wharf today follows previous demonstrations in the capital last month

The chaotic scenes were witnessed outside the headquarters in Canary Wharf, East London

Chaos outside the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s headquarters

It comes as the Government has been urged to ‘get on’ with a coronavirus booster programme rather than waiting for advice from vaccine experts.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson appeared to confirm that a rollout will begin this month, saying older people are the priority as autumn and winter approach.

But the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is yet to provide a recommendation on boosters, with a final decision still to be made.

Pressure is also mounting for a decision on jabbing 12 to 15-year-olds, something the JCVI has also not yet recommended.

A line of Scotland Yard officers guarded the entrance to the building in Canary Wharf today

The officers were already in the area of Canary Wharf for a separate protest by another group

Scotland Yard said a ‘number of officers are on scene, guarding the entrance to the building’

The latest Government figures show that as of September 1, 72 per cent of the total UK population had received one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

According to separate figures compiled by Our World in Data, this would place the UK behind countries including the UAE, Spain and Ireland.

Figures from Public Health England show the majority of people in hospital with Covid are under the age of 50 and 73 per cent of those are unvaccinated.

The figures, largely unchanged from a fortnight ago, also show that 64 per cent of people aged under 50 who died with Covid had not had a jab.

Meanwhile nearly 500 people have been arrested and 81 activists have been removed after gluing themselves to structures in the latest fortnight of XR protests.

The Metropolitan Police said there had been a total of 480 arrests in the capital since the environmental group began its ‘Impossible Rebellion’ on August 23.

The protests have seen activists scaling the seven-storey Tower Place West building in the City, occupying both London Bridge and Tower Bridge and blocking roads.

Police have defended themselves after being accused of heavy-handed tactics, with officers seen using batons and dragging protesters from a bus near London Bridge. 

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