Bradford protests: Chaotic scenes unfold as anti-lockdown protesters without masks clash with police

CHAOTIC scenes have unfolded today as anti-lockdown protesters without masks clashed with police.

Cops are out in force at Centenary Square in Bradford as hundreds of Covid protesters gathered around 1pm this afternoon.

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Chaotic scenes have unfolded today as anti-lockdown protesters without masks clashed with police

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Chaotic scenes have unfolded today as anti-lockdown protesters without masks clashed with policeCredit: LNP
Hundreds of Covid protesters gathered around 1pm this afternoon

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Hundreds of Covid protesters gathered around 1pm this afternoonCredit: MEN Media
The group - believed to be called The North Unites - listened to an anti-lockdown speech

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The group – believed to be called The North Unites – listened to an anti-lockdown speechCredit: LNP
Cops clashed with protesters in heated scenes

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Cops clashed with protesters in heated scenesCredit: LNP

The group – believed to be called The North Unites – listened to an anti-lockdown speech between City Hall and Bradford Magistrates Court.

They then moved to Centenary Square. At least two people were arrested during the demonstrations, the Telegraph and Argus reported.

Protesters were seen on the streets in the Bradford city centre as cops kept an eye on them.

It comes amid unrest across the country, with Kill the Bill protesters involved in violent and dramatic clashes in Bristol last night.

Riot cops used shields to push back thousands of booing demonstrators who threw the fireworks along with bottles and eggs at police on the third night of chaos in less than a week.

There were a number of arrests overnight as the protesters and more than 100 cops armed with shields and helmets faced off in the streets.

LOCKDOWN EASING

Boris Johnson today said lockdown easing will go ahead on schedule and vowed to be back down the pub “in a few days’ time”.

An upbeat Prime Minister said he can’t wait to go to the barbers when hairdressers reopen and sip his first pint in his local on April 12.

Speaking at the Conservatives’ virtual spring forum on Saturday, Boris said he can see nothing in the data to dissuade him from continuing along his lockdown easing roadmap.

He said: “In just a few days’ time, I’m finally going to be able to go to the barbers.

“But more important than that, I’m going to be able to go down the street and cautiously, but irreversibly, I’m going to drink a pint of beer in the pub.

“And as things stand, I can see absolutely nothing in the data to dissuade me from continuing along our roadmap to freedom, unlocking our economy and getting back to the life we love.”

At least two people were arrested during the demonstrations

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At least two people were arrested during the demonstrationsCredit: LNP
Cops clashed with protesters in Bradford today

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Cops clashed with protesters in Bradford todayCredit: LNP
Officers kept a close eye on the demonstrations

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Officers kept a close eye on the demonstrationsCredit: LNP
Boris Johnson tells Brits lockdown easing WILL go ahead on schedule and vows ‘in a few days’ time, I’ll be down the pub’
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