London Mayor Sadiq Khan and British Interior Minister Priti Patel have criticized police for the actions taken during the March 13 protest in the capital against violence against women.
The footage shown by the BBC and Sky News shows police officers wringing the hands of several protesters to handcuff them.
“The scenes that took place in Clapham Common are not acceptable. It is the responsibility of the police to enforce the laws passed by the pandemic, but the footage I have seen clearly shows that the police action was both unnecessary and disproportionate to [the threat], ”said Khan on Twitter.
Patel, in turn, wrote on Twitter that the scenes captured during the protests “cause chagrin” and demanded that law enforcement agencies give a full account of the circumstances of the incident.
The reason for the action “Take Back These Streets” in a London park was the murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard, in which a Scotland Yard employee is suspected. The kidnapping and murder of a woman last seen in the vicinity of Clapham Common has sparked widespread controversy in the UK about the safety of city streets and the need to combat violence against women.
Even the wife of British Prince William, Kate Middleton, joined the event, which was supposed to be held in compliance with the coronavirus restrictions in force in the country. The situation in the park escalated in the evening, when the police reported that the protesters did not observe social distance, and demanded that they go home, which angered the demonstrators.