Around 60 people attended an ‘anti-vax’ march in Bristol but scenes turned ugly amid ‘initimidating’ scenes.
The protest yesterday (Saturday, August 21) started in Castle Park at 1pm before moving to Cabot Circus from 2.30pm.
Protesers gathered outside a vacination clinic and left signs over the frontage bearing anti-pandemic slogans.
Avon and Somerset Police arrived at the event but said “organisers had chosen not to engage with officers”.
The group can be seen gathereing in Cabot Circus and many held placards.
One placard reads: “What Grannie would jab kids for her own protection?”.
The vaccination centre in Cabot Circus closed due to ‘intimidiation’ and footage and pictures emerging from the scene show one person was reduced to tears by demonstrators.
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Christina Gray, the director of public health for Bristol, replied to a tweet by the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG announcing the closure.
She said: “So very sorry that staff and the public have been subject to intimidation.
“It is not acceptable. I hope that no one has been hurt.”
Coronavirus cases around the country continue to be high. There have been 131, 591 deaths within 28 days of a positive test result in the UK.
According to our reporter at the scene, discussions took place between the crowd and attending members of the press, who were heard being verbally abused.
One woman was left in tears after a debate and one of the protesters is understood to have apologised to her after the incident.
Cabot Circus security were also present at the event and shoppers reportedly looked ‘baffled’ by the protests.
Stickers with anti-vaccine and pandemic messages were left in the area.
In a statement Avon and Somerset Police said: “The protest was monitored by police as the organisers had chosen not to engage with officers.
“Neighbourhood and patrolling officers were in contact with clinic staff and with the shopping centre security team throughout.
“Both police and security officers were present at the vaccination centre to facilitate peaceful protest.”
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