For the second day in a row, a large group gathered to protest against the lockdown restrictions, both the “six-point rule” and the even tougher restrictions introduced when the Liverpool City region was placed in the highest Tier 3 category last week.
A gathering of several hundred unmasked demonstrators who gathered in the city center was legal, police said.
Piers Corbyn gave a speech, which was attended by people waving conspiracy theory posters
On this occasion, the crowd heard the brother of ex-worker leader Jeremy Corbyn, Piers, say that “this Covid 19 virus is a hoax” in front of a poster spreading various other unfounded theories, including one about 5G phone masts.
Among the posters that were displayed at the gathering in Clayton Square was a sign comparing the country’s best doctors and scientists to Nazis, which read: “Whitty, Vallance, Ferguson, Nuremberg Type Trial Awaits” (Whitty, Vallance, Ferguson, Nuremberg Trial awaits) in relation to the trials of war criminals after World War II.
As at yesterday’s meeting in St. John’s Gardens – which was announced as a “mental health awareness rally” – the event was supervised by the police, who found both to be legitimate.
“Disappointed for a second day this weekend, the protesters decided to gather in Liverpool. We continue to urge people to consider ways to make themselves heard that do not pose a threat to the health of those present and those with whom they may come into contact afterwards.
Speaking after today’s event, Assistant Chief Constable Jon Roy said: “Merseyside police are clearly advising people not to gather for protests under current restrictions.
“Under current coronavirus legislation, however, a protest may be lawful if certain conditions are met, and in this case they were.
“Participants were regularly asked by the speakers to disperse, and officials who were monitoring the demonstration observed people’s compliance.
“The officers remained present until the end of the protest.
“The officers contacted the organizer to make sure that she complied with her risk assessment, and in this case it was not necessary to take the next step to enforce it.
“Throughout this pandemic, our officials have been involved with people and encouraged them to comply with the restrictions – and only moved on to enforcement when necessary.
“Merseyside police have shown that we are prepared to take strict enforcement action when necessary and we will continue to do so.
“However, it is incredibly frustrating that we had to police another such protest this weekend, and if the protest had become illegal, we would not have hesitated to take enforcement action.