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Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters invaded the Westfield shopping centre in West London on Saturday evening, at the end of a mass protest that drew hundreds of thousands of marchers at its height.

There were tussles with police who tried to block access through one entrance to the shopping centre at about 6pm, before protesters quickly realised that another door just yards away was unguarded.

Hundreds made it into the shopping centre where they stayed for about half an hour before the were cleared by police.

Damien Gayle
(@damiengayle)

Tussles begin with police blocking #NoVaccinePassports protesters from entering Westfield pic.twitter.com/7vFyo29AXj


May 29, 2021

The Westfield invasion came after a mass march snaking about 12 miles through London, starting in Parliament Square and reaching as far west as Hammersmith. At its height there appeared to be hundreds of thousands of people taking part.

One protester, who would give his name only as Paul, from Bedfordshire, said he was taking part because he was scared about where the unprecedented crackdown on civil liberties under the pretext of fighting the pandemic would lead.

“I’m frightened about our liberties. Or choice about whether we want to be vaccinated or not. Lots of people legitimately don’t have any faith in it at all.”

Damien Gayle
(@damiengayle)

Party vibes on #NoVaccinePassports. Passing Shepherd’s Bush again on a loop back towards central London. pic.twitter.com/9vJ3hDYnzR


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Tens of thousands of protesters have poured on to the streets of Brazil’s largest cities to demand the impeachment of President Jair Bolsonaro over his catastrophic response to a coronavirus pandemic that has claimed nearly half a million Brazilian lives.

The demonstrators turned out in more than 200 cities and towns for what is the biggest anti-Bolsonaro mobilisation since Brazil’s Covid outbreak began.

Osvaldo Bazani da Silva, a 48-year-old hairdresser who lost his younger brother to Covid-19, said: “We can’t lose any more Brazilian lives. We need to hit the streets every single day until this government falls.”

In Rio many marchers carried homemade placards remembering loved ones they have lost to an epidemic that has killed nearly 460,000 Brazilians, the world’s second largest official death toll after the US.

“I’m here in his memory,” said Luiz Dantas, 18, clutching a photograph of his grandfather, Sebastião, who died in February aged 75.

 

 

 


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