Police haul away anti-lockdown protestors as they march in Bristol

Police haul away anti-lockdown protestors as they march through Bristol without masks chanting ‘freedom’

  • Group Stand Up Bristol – which has 2,800 Facebook members – gathered with signs in the city this morning  
  • Many were pictured being arrested by officers from Avon and Somerset police and one officer was assaulted
  • The group had previously been told that they faced being issued with fines for being involved in the march

Hundreds of anti-lockdown protestors are marching through Bristol city centre today despite warnings they could face fines for breaking coronavirus restrictions. 

The group Stand Up Bristol – which has 2,800 Facebook members – gathered with signs in the city this morning, with many maskless protestors pictured being arrested by police as tensions bubbled over. 

Avon and Somerset police also said that as well as several people being arrested for failing to comply with the directions of officers, one arrest was also made after an officer was assaulted.

Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters are marching through Bristol city centre today despite warnings they could face fines for breaking coronavirus restrictions

The group Stand Up Bristol – which has 2,800 Facebook members – gathered with signs in the city this morning, with many maskless protestors pictured being arrested by police

Avon and Somerset police also said that as well as several people being arrested for failing to comply with the directions of officers, one arrest was also been made after an officer was assaulted

The group had previously been told that they faced being issued with fines and possible arrest for being involved in the gathering on the city’s College Green

Anti lockdown protestors march through Bristol city centre today. It comes despite Priti Patel banning demonstrations duration of the second lockdown

The group had previously been told that they faced being issued with fines and possible arrest for being involved in the gathering on the city’s College Green.  

It comes despite Priti Patel banning demonstrations duration of the second lockdown which will run until December 2, in line with rules that you can only meet one other person outdoors in a public setting. 

Anyone caught participating in a gathering of more than 30 people can be fined £200. 

Avon and Somerset police had pleaded with the group earlier this week to cancel the planned march.

The force has asserted it will ‘not stand by’ this Saturday and Chief Inspector Mark Runacres stressed the health risks, saying he was ‘disappointed’ the protest was still set to go ahead. 

Today they said: ‘Around 200 protestors are now marching through Bristol city centre. This gathering is unlawful and is putting others at risk. 

‘Arrests have been made as people have failed to comply with the directions of officers. One arrest has also been made after an officer was assaulted.’

It comes after there were wide spread anti-lockdown protests across the UK last weekend, with huge groups descending on Brighton and Liverpool city centres.

Some European cities such as Leipzig in Germany also had trouble with protests.  

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