Police clashed with anti-lockdown protesters during a march through Bradford city center.
Thousands took to the streets calling for an end to Covid restrictions, reported Yorkshire Live, with crowds chanting “freedom” and “no more masks”.
The ‘North Unites Rally’ has drawn many from afar.
Yorkshire Live reporters Kristian Johnson and Charlie Wilson, who are on site, have confirmed that the protest has “suddenly turned ugly” as protesters crack down on the police blockade.
Video footage of the moment the tensions reached their tipping point shows what it seems like he is a father with his two young children, one of whom grabs the man’s sleeve and screams “Papa please” as the crowd starts to storm against them.
Our reporter, who says there have been multiple arrests, said: “The protest suddenly turned ugly when protesters started bumping into police officers. Half of the group encouraged others to break through the police barrier. At least one person appears to be arrested to have been. “
The protest has been going on since 1 p.m. today and the speakers took turns singing through a microphone.
One protester heard him say, “We are the force from the north and they cannot control us,” while another told our reporter that they had traveled an hour to Bradford for the event.
“I came here for a day today to stand up for my rights, my freedoms and the things I am against,” they said.
Whole families were photographed at the event, some in matching T-shirts and waving posters.