Nottingham city centre brought to a standstill by protests – Thousands of protesters marched and gathered in Nottingham city centre today ( Saturday 22 August )
Nottingham city centre brought to a standstill by protests
Two large groups of protesters took part in the demonstrations.
One of the groups is reported to aim to raise awareness of ‘mental health and related suicides’ – ‘child abuse grooming gangs’ and ‘veterans affairs.
The group gathered at noon at London Road at the ‘BBC roundabout’ on London Road / Canal Street, and walked carrying placards and chanting along Canal Street, Maid Marian Way, and Parliament Street and down to Old Market Square.
Large numbers of police officers formed at various entrances to the square, on Friar Lane and Castle Gate to ensure the group continued to Parliament Street – Queen and King St were closed to traffic.
A press release issued by the Trades Union Council (TUC) claims the event is “being heavily backed by Tommy Robinson” and that a counter-demonstration is also planned to take place in Old Market Square from 10.30am in Old Market Square.
A spokesman for the TUC said: “We are working with Open Nottingham, Stand Up to Racism and others who believe in the multicultural nature of our city.”
Nottinghamshire Police said it is aware of the protest and the force has put plans in place to provide a safe environment for those attending, as well as keeping people living, working, visiting and travelling in and around the city centre safe, while doing all we can to help keep any disruption to a minimum.
Inspector Paul Gummer, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Our officers will be in the area to limit the disruption, however we anticipate there is likely to be an impact in and around the city centre and would advise visitors to factor this into their travel plans.
“The right to lawful protest is key part of any democracy, which UK police uphold and facilitate.
In Old Market Square metal barriers were installed to keep both sets of protesters apart.