The Met Police has warned of groups travelling to London to “deliberately cause violence and disorder” at the planned Million Mask March.
Police have set up protective barriers and will be donning riot equipment after concluding that groups plan to target officers at the event on Friday night.
Protests are planned at a variety of locations across central London including Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square as part of the annual march, which first took place in 2012.
Since then, the Million Mask March protests have rallied against government corruption, lockdown restrictions, and inequality and homelessness. Protesters wear Guy Fawkes masks inspired by the graphic novel and film V for Vendetta.
Almost 200 people, including Piers Corbyn, were arrested at last year’s protests for breaching Covid restrictions.
Posts in anti-lockdown groups on messaging app Telegram, seen by the Big Issue, promise the event will “by all accounts go down in history.”