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The Stand Up Bristol conspiracy theory group has staged a lockdown protest in College Green despite warnings from Avon and Somerset Police will face fines for breaking coronavirus laws. Supporters gathered from noon before marching through the city.
Piers Corbyn, the brother of former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, also spoke at the event and was reportedly arrested.Addressing the crowd, he stressed: “We still have a long way to go but we are moving forward.

“And I will say that whatever happens, we’re going to have Christmas on our terms.” ”

He also chanted with the crowd: “Break locks, save lives”.

Another protester said: “ We will not be slaves to the system.

“People who have underlying health issues or people who are sick, obviously we would never approach them.

“But people who are healthy, we can do our thing.

“And shutting down the local businesses, yes, is an absolute disgrace and it’s abominable deep down.

“We don’t have it, we’re all here together to say that’s it. “

However, Avon and Somerset Police tweeted: ‘We continue to urge people protesting in Bristol city center to return home.

“Although we have well-prepared plans in place to handle this event, it is illegal. We remain in a health crisis and law enforcement measures have been and will continue to be taken. ”

The rally comes despite Priti Patel’s ban on protests during England’s second national lockout through December 2.

Government guidelines state that you may only meet one other person outdoors in a public setting.

Anyone who breaks the rules can be fined up to £ 200.

Aron Walton of Stand Up for Bristol, who hosted the event, refused to close his Gloucester Road lounge during the second lockdown and was fined by council yesterday.

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