Protestors arrested during anti-lockdown march for the right to gather in large groups during Covid pandemic

This is the moment that police arrested protestors who were taking part in an anti-lockdown march.

Approximately 200 protestors marched through Bristol city centre today (Sat) to protest for the right to gather in large groups, ignoring pleas from Avon and Somerset Police to cancel.

These photos show local police officers arresting protestors who refused to leave the anti-lockdown march and putting them in the back of a police van.

Protestors could be heard chanting “shame on you, shame on you” to the police and as officers told crowds to disperse, one bystander shouted “get off his neck and we will”.



Anti lockdown protestors march through Bristol city centre

‘FEAR IS THE CURRENCY OF CONTROL’ and ‘I DO NOT CONSENT’ were some of the messages carried by supporters on homemade signs during the protest.

Conspiracy theory group, Stand Up Bristol, had organised the protest through their Facebook group which currently has 2,800 members.


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Despite being warned by police that protestors will face fines for breaking the laws surrounding coronavirus, the group chose to go ahead with the planned protest.

The current law states that those caught participating in large gatherings of more than 30 people can be fined £200.



Anti lockdown protestors march through Bristol city centre

One protestor, dressed in a yellow coat, said: “We are not here to push a different kind of voice of what’s happening. We’re not here to be the next mainstream media, we’re here today to make noise.

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“That’s the reason we’re here the same as every other person around the world who is walking out on the streets today to make some noise. We’ve had enough.”



Anti lockdown protestors march through Bristol city centre
Anti lockdown protestors march through Bristol city centre

Another protestor, who was with her family at the protest, said: “They’re not researching. If you were diagnosed with cancer, you’d want a second opinion.

“You’d search for a second opinion, surely. Nobody is – they’re just accepting that it’s the truth and it’s not, it’s lies. It’s not hard to find the truth.”

Bristol tattooist Aron Walton was due to speak at the protest.

He hit the press earlier this month after refusing to shut his tattoo shop, Holey Skin, and was fined by the council for his actions yesterday.

Avon and Somerset Police have tweeted about the protest, saying: ‘We continue to urge people protesting in Bristol city centre to go home.

‘While we have well-rehearsed plans in place to manage this event, it is unlawful.

‘We remain in a health crisis and enforcement action has and will continue to be taken.’

They added: ‘CCTV and specialist evidence gatherers are recording the protest in the centre.

‘Officers’ body-worn video cameras are also capturing the demonstration. It’s an offence to gather in more than two.

‘Arrests have been made while enforcement after the event will remain an option.’