This is when the police arrested protesters who were participating in an anti-lockdown march.
About 200 protesters marched through Bristol city center today (Sat) to protest for the right to assemble in large groups, ignoring requests from Avon and Somerset police to cancel.
These photos show local police officers arresting protesters who refused to leave the anti-lockdown march and putting them in a police car.
Protesters were heard chanting “Shame on you, Shame on you” to the police, and when officials told the crowds to disperse, a bystander shouted “Get off his neck and we will”.
“Fear is the currency of control” and “I disagree” were some of the messages that followers carried on self-made signs during the protest.
The conspiracy theory group Stand Up Bristol organized the protest through their Facebook group, which currently has 2,800 members.
Despite the police warning that protesters would be fined for violating coronavirus laws, the group decided to continue the planned protest.
Current law states that those attending large gatherings of more than 30 people could be fined £ 200.
A protester in a yellow coat said, “We are not here to have any other kind of voice. We are not here to be the next mainstream media, we are here today to make noise.”
“That’s why we’re here just like everyone else in the world who takes to the streets today to make noise. We have enough.”
Another protester, who was with her family at the protest, said: “You are not doing research. If you were diagnosed with cancer, you would want a second opinion.
“You would certainly be looking for a second opinion. Nobody is – they just accept that it is the truth and it is not, it is lies. It is not difficult to find the truth.”
Bristol tattoo artist Aron Walton was due to speak at the protest.
He got into the press earlier this month after refusing to close his Holey Skin tattoo shop and was fined by the council yesterday for his actions.
Avon and Somerset Police tweeted about the protest saying, “We continue to urge protesters in Bristol city center to go home.
“We have well-established plans to manage this event, but it is illegal.
“We continue to find ourselves in a health crisis and enforcement actions have been and will continue to be taken.”
They added, “CCTV and specialist evidence collectors are recording the protest at the center.
Video cameras worn by “officers” also recorded the demonstration. It is a criminal offense to gather in more than two.
“Arrests have been made during enforcement after the event remains an option.”