Man arrested at site of Cork anti-lockdown rally was NOT a protestor, Gardai confirm
A man who was arrested at the site of the anti-lockdown protest in Cork on Saturday was not a protestor, Garda confirmed to Extra.ie.© Provided by Extra.ie Gardai discovered 26 licences premises were breaching COVID-19 rules over the course of one weekend. Pic: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie
Pictures shared on social media showed the moment that a man, who was playing a drum, was arrested by a large group of Gardai on Patrick’s Street.
Patrick’s Street is the site at which protestors are expected to gather today despite calls to stop the rally due to current public health restrictions.© Provided by Extra.ie A man who was arrested at the site of the anti-lockdown protest in Cork on Saturday was not a protestor, Garda confirmed to Extra.ie. Pic: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Gardai said that the man who was arrested before the start of the protest was a street performer who was in breach of COVID-19 regulations.
They made it clear that this arrest was not connected to the planned demonstration on the same street.
A Garda spokesperson said: ‘Gardaí arrested a man in the Patrick Street area of Cork earlier today, 06/03/2021, for breaches of the Health Act 1947, as amended. https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1368173262023327746&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fextra.ie%2F2021%2F03%2F06%2Fnews%2Firish-news%2Fman-arrested-cork-anti-lockdown&theme=light&widgetsVersion=e1ffbdb%3A1614796141937&width=550px
‘Gardaí implemented the 4 E’s (engage, educate, encourage and as a last resort enforce). On this occasion the male in question refused to comply with Gardaí.
‘The male is currently detained at Anglesea Street Garda Station