17:46 GMT15 April 2021
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    LONDON (Sputnik) - At least 33 people were arrested during anti-lockdown protests in London on Saturday, according to police, most of them - due to breaching coronavirus-induced regulations.

    Under COVID-19 regulations, protesting is not a "reasonable excuse" for leaving home. People still gathered at Hyde Park and marched along central streets toward government buildings on Whitehall and parliament.

    Ahead of the rallies, over 60 members of parliament wrote to Home Secretary Priti Patel asking her to lift the pandemic-linked ban on protests. It came after police were criticized for using force against women during a March 13 vigil for Sarah Everard.

    Everard, 33 years of age, vanished as she walked home from a friend's house in the London region of Clapham on March 3 evening. Later, her remains were discovered in an area of Kent woodland. A Met police officer, 48, was charged with her kidnap and murder.

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