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'peaceful event' Organiser says anti-lockdown protest in Cork will go ahead despite three arrests

Three men were arrested at a small anti-lockdown protest on St. Patrick’s Bridge where a banner reading “No to Lockdown” was dropped.

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Diarmaid Ó Cadhla. Pic credit: RedFM

Diarmaid Ó Cadhla. Pic credit: RedFM

Diarmaid Ó Cadhla. Pic credit: RedFM

A former Cork city councillor and organiser of anti-lockdown protests has said that tomorrow’s event will go ahead despite arrests made yesterday. 

Three men were arrested at a small anti-lockdown protest on St. Patrick’s Bridge, Cork at around 4pm yesterday where a banner reading “No to Lockdown” was dropped.

The men were taken to Bridewell Garda Station where they were charged in relation to Covid-19 regulation breaches.

All three are due to appear before Cork City District Court on April 14..

The arrests come ahead of another planned anti-lockdown protest tomorrow, called the ‘Parade for Truth and Proper Public Healthcare’ on social media.

Speaking to Cork’s RedFM News, event organiser and former councillor Diarmaid Ó Cadhla said that the rally is about “people's rights to voluntary control of their own health,” and will be a peaceful protest.

He said: “This is a peaceful event, may I underline.

"It's a peaceful event and we will march from the Grand Parade up Patrick Street as far as Brown Thomas, where the last Rally for Truth was held, and there'll be speakers and musicians there. It's a family friendly day.

“Speakers [will] address the very important issues of health care, of people's right to voluntary control of their own health, people's right not to have a vaccine if they choose not to do so, not to wear a mask if they choose not to do so.

"But at the same time recognising others’ rights, if they wish to do those things.”

It will be the second demonstration of its kind in the city after a similar protest took place on March 6th which was attended by some 700 people calling for an end to the lockdown.

An Garda Síochána did not comment on tomorrow’s rally but have said that “attending an event organised in breach of these regulations is not a reasonable excuse to travel outside your home.”

A garda spokesperson added: “Where An Garda Síochána can identify potential organisers of such events, An Garda Síochána has and will engage with and advise those organisers as to the current Public Health Regulations, their responsibilities and potential consequences.”

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