UK Lockdown: Priti Patel wants police to stop protests of over TWO

Home Secretary Priti Patel will order police to stop protests involving more than TWO people during lockdown Home Secretary Priti Patel is said to have briefed chief constables on the rules  Some senior officers worry the move is too oppressive for a liberal society One barrister is concerned that the move could breach human rights  

By Isabella Nikolic For Mailonline

Published: 01:09 GMT, 3 November 2020 | Updated: 01:32 GMT, 3 November 2020

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Protests of more than two people will be banned during the month-long lockdown set to start on Thursday, according to Whitehall sources. 

Ministers have said the rules need to be clear and Home Secretary Priti Patel is said to have briefed chief constables over the weekend to tell officers to enforce the rules. 

However, it is believed that some senior officers are worried that the move is too oppressive for a liberal society. 

And one barrister is concerned the move could breach human rights.  

Protests of more than two people will be banned during the month-long lockdown set to start on Thursday, it has been reported. Pictured: Creatives gather in Parliament Square to demonstrate what lockdown measures have done to their industries

Protests of more than two people will be banned during the month-long lockdown set to start on Thursday, it has been reported. Pictured: Creatives gather in Parliament Square to demonstrate what lockdown measures have done to their industries

Ministers have said the rules need to be clear and Home Secretary Priti Patel is said to have briefed chief constables to tell officers to enforce the rules. Pictured: Creatives gather in Parliament Square to demonstrate what lockdown measures have done to their industries

Ministers have said the rules need to be clear and Home Secretary Priti Patel is said to have briefed chief constables to tell officers to enforce the rules. Pictured: Creatives gather in Parliament Square to demonstrate what lockdown measures have done to their industries

However, it is believed that some senior officers are worried that the move is too oppressive for a liberal society. Pictured: An anti-lockdown protest in London

However, it is believed that some senior officers are worried that the move is too oppressive for a liberal society. Pictured: An anti-lockdown protest in London

A Whitehall source told The Times that even though protests won't explicitly be prohibited, the previous exemption - which allowed demonstrations of more than two people - would be removed.  

The new edict has allegedly been enforced to make it easier for police to enforce the rules. 

Some UK citizens reportedly complained during the country's first lockdown that they weren't allowed to see their families while thousands of others were allowed to demonstrate together.  

Priti Patel read the riot act to Bristol police chief, Andy Marsh, whose officers failed to stop Black Lives Matter protesters ripping down a slave trader's statue in June. 

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