The City of Edinburgh Council Leader Adam Mcvey has warned anyone thinking of protesting in Edinburgh tomorrow against the lockdown to stay at home.
Cllr McVey said: “We’ve been liaising with Police Scotland and we fully support their advice that people should stay at home. While people are entitled to express their opinions, to do so in this way and at this time puts our residents at unnecessary additional risk. This simply isn’t safe.
“To attend a protest like this now would be incredibly selfish and those doing so would be putting our families and communities at greater risk when numbers of transmissions are already far too high in Edinburgh.
“This attempt to create a crowd is utterly disrespectful to our businesses and residents who are sacrificing so much to try and keep all of us safe. Anyone thinking of breaking rules by travelling to Edinburgh to attend this event should not do so- they are not welcome.”
Earlier in the week, Police Scotland urged members of the public to stay at home and not attend a demonstration and march being planned to start at the Scottish Parliament on Monday.
Under current Level 4 restrictions, such gatherings are not permitted and anyone wishing to demonstrate is urged to find alternative ways to protest, such as online, to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Superintendent David Robertson, from Edinburgh Division, said: “We understand people want to make their voices heard, but they must do so lawfully and safely.
“The Scottish Government regulations are clear that public processions and static protests are prohibited under the current Level 4 restrictions.
“Our approach throughout this pandemic has been to use the 4Es approach, which is 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.”
For more information on the latest coronavirus guidelines please visit the Scottish Government website at www.gov.scot/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance.
The Scotland Against Lockdown group is a “campaign that says NO to mandatory Facemasks. NO to the Scottish & U.K. Governments Coronavirus Act 2020. NO to Social Distancing. NO to mandatory Vaccines. NO to the New Abnormal.”
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