The Metropolitan Police has confirmed that a total of 36 people were arrested during Sunday’s protests.
The offences included violent disorder, assaulting police and criminal damage.
A spokesperson for the Met said that the majority of peaceful protesters had left the area before the violence started, adding that several people remained in the area around Whitehall.
The group of violent agitators who remained after the peaceful protestors left first started to behave in an anti-social manner before they turned violent towards officers.
Officers used a variety of different tactics during the violence, including containment, before the final protestors were dispersed at around 02:00 hours this morning (8th June).
Over 35 officers were injured during Sunday’s demonstrations.
Two officers required treatment in hospital as a result of their injuries, including an officer who suffered a head wound and another officer who suffered a shoulder injury after a large bottle was thrown.
Post-incident enquiries are now underway in order to identify the individuals who were involved in criminal damage to various statues, including war memorials, as well as the individuals who attacked officers.
Commissioner Cressida Dick said:
“In recent days a minority of protesters sought confrontation with police leading to many officers being injured, including several seriously.
“When officers sought to protect colleagues and iconic landmarks they faced further obstruction and sustained assault.
“The violent criminality we saw is disgraceful and will have been very frightening for others. It will never be acceptable to attack police officers, damage property and leave others in fear of their safety. We will be carrying out a thorough investigation so that those responsible for criminal acts are brought speedily to justice.
“Furthermore, those attending mass gatherings risk exposing themselves and others to this deadly virus and I would ask them to find other ways to express their anger and frustration.
“Policing is always complex and challenging, and right now that is the case more than ever.
“I am very proud of the work my officers are carrying out to reassure our communities and to keep the streets of our capital safe and calm.”
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