Bristol lockdown protest: Chaos erupts in city as HUNDREDS march to demand end of rules
Conspiracy theory group Stand Up Bristol staged a lockdown protest at College Green despite warnings from Avon and Somerset Police will face fines for breaking the coronavirus laws. Around 200 protesters gathered from midday before marching through the city at 12pm today.
Piers Corbyn, former leader Labour Jeremy Corbyn’s brother was also speaking at the event.
Addressing the crowds, he stressed: “We still got a long way to go but we are moving forward.
“And I’ll say, whatever happens, we are gonna have a Christmas on our terms.”
Another protestor, said: “We will not be slaves to the system.
“People who have underlying health issues or people who are ill, obviously, we would never go near them.
“But people who are healthy, we can do our thing.
“And to stop local businesses, yeah, is an absolute disgrace and it’s abominable basically.
“We are not having it, we’re all standing here together to say this is all.”
Avon and Somerset said in a statement that 14 people had been arrested in connection with the incident.
A spokesperson said: “Fourteen arrests have so far been made during today’s demonstration.
“We recognise the right to freedom of expression but protests aren’t currently allowed.
“COVID-19 is deadly and the restrictions are in place to prevent its spread.
“We continue to urge people to go home.”
The gathering comes despite Priti Patel banning demonstrations during the second national England lockdown which lasts until December 2nd.
Government guidance states you can only meet one other person outdoors in a public setting.
Anyone caught breaching the rules can be fined up to £200.
Aron Walton from Stand Up for Bristol, who organised the event refused to close his Gloucester Road parlour during the second lockdown and was yesterday issued with a fine by the council.