Coronavirus UK: Arrests made during anti-lockdown protests


Arrests made in several areas as hundreds took to the streets to protest the lockdown (Photo: Getty / Mercury)

Anti-lockdown protesters clashed with police in marches on Saturday as hundreds took to the streets to fight coronavirus restrictions.

Dozens of people have been arrested following rallies in Liverpool, London, Ipswich and Bournemouth.

Police made 13 arrests in Liverpool while four were arrested during a rally at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park.

The protest in Liverpool started around 1 p.m. and began with around 100 people gathered on Church Street in the city center before the group grew larger.

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Some protesters were reportedly sprayed with cayenne pepper as they struggled with police on the ground.

Those arrested were suspected of breaches of coronavirus regulations and of having committed public order offenses.

A 36-year-old man from Kirkby has also been arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker after a police officer was pushed to the chest.

In addition to the arrests, 25 other people received fixed penalty notices for breaking Covid rules.

Anti-lockdown protesters gather in Liverpool (Photo: Mercury Press)

  Man arrested and sprayed with pepper during large Liverpool anti-lockdown protest

Protesters have been seen clashing with police in Liverpool city center (Photo: Mercury Press)

Anti-lockdown protester holds up sign saying to stop the new normal

Similar scenes were seen in Bournemouth (Photo: Getty)

Chief Superintendent Ngaire Waine of Merseyside Police said protesters were launching “senseless abuse” at police and condemned their actions.

She said: ‘The vast majority of people in Merseyside have made huge sacrifices since March, missing weddings, funerals and family celebrations in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“We have seen infection rates drop in Merseyside thanks to the commitment of so many people, and already more than 140,000 have taken part in a mass test pilot here in Merseyside to help the national effort to protect life and get back to normal. They do credit to this county.

“So it will be extremely frustrating for all of these people to see that a minority of selfish individuals have chosen to ignore laws passed to protect people’s lives, putting themselves and our communities at risk. ”

A dispersal order was put in place in Liverpool city center ahead of the illegal gathering.

Under the lockdown rules, no more than two people from different households are allowed to meet outside.

Anti-lockdown protesters march through Bournemouth

Anti-lockdown protesters marched through Bournemouth town center on Saturday afternoon (Photo: Getty)

Anti-lockdown protester holds up sign of freedom

Protesters in Bournemouth were seen holding signs reading ‘freedom’ (Photo: Getty)

An anti-lockdown protester holds a sign the pandemic is over

Three people were arrested during the Bournemouth protest (Photo: Getty)

Many protesters were pictured ignoring social distancing and not wearing masks.

Superintendent Ngaire Waine said the protesters’ actions put the health of others at risk.

She said: “Our officers – deployed to encourage people to do the right thing and apply to protect the public – have been subjected to stupid abuse by many gathered, but have continued to perform. of their functions with complete professionalism.

“This pandemic has, naturally, left many people afraid of contracting and transmitting coronavirus. The sight of a large group in the city center will alarm many who are now well aware of the risk that large groups can pose to the spread of this virus.

Anti-lockdown protester is seen in Guy Fawkes mask

An anti-lockdown protester is seen in a Guy Fawkes mask as the march passes through Bournemouth town center (Photo: Getty)

Anti-lockdown protesters march through Bournemouth

Gatherings of more than two people are currently prohibited (Photo: Getty)

Anti-lockdown protester tries to get past police in Liverpool

Police condemned the protesters for endangering the health of others (Photo: Mercury Press)

She said those who refused the order to leave the region will face execution measures.

“Their actions have posed a significant risk to public health, and we will continue to study CCTV and body camera to identify offenders and bring them to justice,” she said.

There have been similar scenes on the south coast, with people seen walking through Bournemouth holding signs reading ‘freedom’ and ‘the pandemic is over’.

This is the second week in a row that anti-lockdown protesters have taken to the streets of the seaside town.

Around 100 people gathered in The Square area before being dispersed around 2:45 p.m., according to the Bournemouth Echo. Two people were arrested.

The Ipswich Star reports that three of them were arrested during anti-lockdown protests in the city. This prompted Suffolk Police to warn that rallies will not be tolerated and that there is no exemption for people participating in protests.

The protests come as the UK records 341 more dead, bringing the total toll to 54,626.

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