Fifteen people were arrested at an unauthorized anti-lockdown march in Liverpool on Saturday, November 21, on suspicion of committing public-order offences and breaching coronavirus restrictions, police said in a statement.
The protest followed a similar unlawful gathering the previous week, prompting Merseyside Police on Saturday to establish a “Dispersal Zone” in the city centre, where they said officers would “have a visible presence and deal with any unlawful gatherings.”
The footage here shows demonstrators marching down Duke Street toward the centre of the city, while being shepherded by police both on foot and horseback. Shouts of “freedom” are heard from marchers.
“The vast majority of people in Merseyside have made huge sacrifices since March, missing weddings, funerals and family celebrations in an effort to halt the spread of coronavirus,” Chief Superintendent Ngaire Waine said in the statement. “It will be incredibly frustrating for all those people to see that a minority of selfish individuals chose to flout laws brought in to protect the lives of people across Merseyside, putting our communities and themselves at risk,” he said.
“The sight of a large group in the city centre will alarm many who are now well aware of the risk large groups can pose to the spreading of this virus,” Waine added. “Their actions have posed a significant risk to public health, and we will continue to study CCTV and bodycam to identify offenders and bring them to justice.”
The Liverpool Echo reported that about 200 people took part in the march. Credit: @becciwilliamsss via Storyful