Police squared off with hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters in Bristol and Liverpool as resentment spreads throughout the country against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s draconian coronavirus restrictions.
On Saturday, mass demonstrations organised by the anti-lockdown group Stand Up X were held across the country in response to the decision to place England under a second national lockdown by the Conservative Party government.
Police in Bristol said that they arrested 14 protesters and police in Liverpool arrested a further 16.
“We recognise the right to freedom of expression but protests aren’t currently allowed,” Bristol Police wrote on social media, adding: “COVID-19 is deadly and the restrictions are in place to prevent its spread. We continue to urge people to go home.”
Ominously, the police force went on to warn that “CCTV and specialist evidence gatherers are recording the protest” — meaning that more arrests and fines are likely to be inflicted upon