Public urged to stay away from anti-lockdown protest

Anyone planning on attending Monday's demonstration have been urged to stay away.

Public urged to stay away from anti-lockdown protest SNS Group

The public have been urged to stay away from a planned anti-lockdown demonstration at the Scottish Parliament.

Police Scotland issued a statement on Saturday reminding anyone thinking of attending that such gatherings are not permitted under current restrictions.

The Scotland Against Lockdown group, which organises through social media, announced last week plans to “march for freedom” through the capital from Holyrood to the First Minister’s residence at Bute House.

The event is set to take place on Monday.

Superintendent David Robertson, from Edinburgh Division, said: “We understand people want to make their voices heard, but they must do so lawfully and safely.

“The Scottish Government regulations are clear that public processions and static protests are prohibited under the current Level 4 restrictions.

“Our approach throughout this pandemic has been to use the 4Es approach, which is to engage with the public, explain the restrictions in place, encourage compliance and, as a last resort we will use enforcement, where required.

“The Chief Constable has been clear, where officers encounter wilful breaches, we will act decisively to enforce the law.

“We are asking people to take personal responsibility and stay at home in order to protect our NHS and save lives.

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