Coronavirus in Scotland: Man arrested at anti-lockdown protest in Glasgow's George Square

A man has been arrested during an anti-lockdown protest held in Glasgow city centre today.
Police have confirmed that an arrest was made.Police have confirmed that an arrest was made.
Police have confirmed that an arrest was made.

He was arrested over the misuse of drugs act, as police warned those wishing to protest need to do so safely.

The protest was held at Glasgow’s George Square against the current level of restrictions.

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It came as Scotland recorded 93 deaths of coronavirus patients in the last 24 hours - matching yesterday’s record for the highest death toll in a single day.

Police today called on the public to take personal responsibility to help save lives.

Inspector Alex Beagrie of Greater Glasgow Police Division said: "One man has been arrested in connection with an offence under the Misuse of Drugs Act and a breach of the regulations following a protest in George Square on Saturday, 9 January.

“The Scottish Government regulations are clear that public processions and static protests are prohibited under the current Level 4 restrictions.

"We understand people want to make their voices heard, but they must do so lawfully and safely.

"Anyone wishing to demonstrate should find alternative ways to protest, such as online, to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

"Our approach throughout this pandemic has been to engage with the public, explain the restrictions in place, encourage compliance and, as a last resort, we will use enforcement where required.

"The Chief Constable has been clear, where officers encounter wilful breaches we will act decisively to enforce the law. We are asking people to take personal responsibility and stay at home in order to protect our NHS and save lives.”