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Statement following Million Mask March

News   •   Nov 06, 2016 00:28 GMT


Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service worked hard and tirelessly last night to accommodate the protest known as the "Million Mask March" making 53 arrests.

Whilst the majority of those taking part were peaceful, there were pockets of disorder and a number of fireworks thrown which thankfully did not result in injury.

In total 53 people were arrested for offences including obstruction, possession of an offensive weapon, public order and drugs.

Conditions imposed on the demonstration dictated that the march take place between 18:00 and 21:00hrs.

Officers managed to keep disruption in the capital to a minimum and dispersed the group swiftly and without the need for containment.

Commander BJ Harrington of the Met’s Public Order Command said:

"I would like to commend my officers policing this challenging event for their professionalism and faultless co-ordination.

"I would also like to thank those participants who conducted themselves in a peaceful manner as well as Londoners and those visiting our city for their patience and tolerance.

“We facilitate hundreds of peaceful protests every year in London usually with the co-operation of the organisers. On this occasion although the organisers did not engage with police, the majority of protesters did adhere to the conditions imposed. Only a small minority chose to breach the conditions and engage in criminality.”