Photos of protesters stood outside a Greggs on Saturday led to speculation they were demonstrating against the bakers’ decision to sell vegan sausage rolls.
The group of around 30 were pictured outside a Greggs in Mosley Street, Manchester, in the Piccadilly area of the city.
Holding placards, flags and surrounded by police, the photos prompted social media posts to suggest they were campaigning against the Newcastle-based bakery chain’s latest product, a vegan take on the classic sausage roll.
However, that is not the case, say our colleagues at Manchester Evening News .
Protesters at the demonstration chanted slogans in favour or Brexit and were critical of the police and press. They held placards proclaiming support for the English Defence League (EDL) and USA President, Donald Trump.
There was no indication that they were campaigning against Greggs’ latest menu item.
The Manchester Evening News report says, “it appears that the protesters were just being temporarily held outside Greggs as they tried to march from St Peter’s Square up to Piccadilly Gardens.
“The site is next to the busy tram line on Mosley Street and officers were stopping the protesters disrupting Metrolink services.”
Greater Manchester Police tweeted from their city centre account: “Police are aware of a protest in Manchester today, Saturday 5 January 2019.
“Officers are on duty to support any requirement to facilitate peaceful protest whilst also minimising disruption to the communities of Manchester.”
Source : Chroniclelive