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Covid breach Two anti-lockdown protesters arrested on motorway en route to Cork rally

The man and woman had attended the previous protest in Dublin last weekend but were not arrested at that protest.

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Gardai stop and search people before a demonstration against lockdown restrictions organised by the People's Convention in Cork city centre. Photo:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gardai stop and search people before a demonstration against lockdown restrictions organised by the People's Convention in Cork city centre. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gardai stop and search people before a demonstration against lockdown restrictions organised by the People's Convention in Cork city centre. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

GARDAI arrested two anti-lockdown activists who were trying to travel from Dublin to Cork for today’s protest.

Gardai have put a major operation in place for the anti-lockdown protest which got underway in Cork this afternoon following scenes of violence at last weekend’s protest in Dublin.

Organisers went ahead with the Rally for Truth event at 2pm this afternoon despite numerous calls to cancel it.

There was a significant garda presence on duty in Cork today to prevent a repeat of last week’s scenes in Dublin and gardai set up checkpoints on all major roads leading to Cork to ensure those travelling were within their 5km or on an essential trip.

Gardai stopped two known anti-lockdown protestors on the N7 in Kildare this morning who told gardai they were travelling from Dublin Cork for the protest.

Gardai told them they were beyond their 5km limit and did not have reasonable reason for travelling. They turned their car back towards Dublin but then later tried to drive back to Cork again and were arrested by gardai.

Gardai also arrested two male motorists in Cork and Kerry who told officers they were on the way to the protest.

As part of the operation gardai will arrest anyone beyond their 5km who refuse to comply with a direction to turn back.

Gardai arrested two people in Cork this afternoon but neither were arrested in relation to the protest itself.

Numerous videos were posted to social media showing gardai arresting a street performer on Patrick Street in Cork earlier today.

Gardai said the man was not involved in the protest but was arrested for breaching Covid guidelines.

“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,” gardai said in a statement.

"Gardaí implemented the 4 E's (engage, educate, encourage and as a last resort enforce),” a garda spokesperson said.

The man was arrested and taken to Anglesea Street Garda Station.

"On this occasion the male in question refused to comply with Gardaí.”

A second man was arrested in relation order offences.

Organisers of the protest said they did not want any violence at the event and said people should social distance.

Businesses in the city boarded up their premises ahead of the protest and business owners expressed concerns the rally could lengthen the lockdown.

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