Police are investigating the incident, which was part of a climate change demonstration
This is the moment a lorry is driven into a crowd of protesting schoolchildren in the centre of Bristol, sending screaming students to jump away from its path.
The incident, which took place on last Friday afternoon during the ‘School Strike for Climate Change’ demonstration, has prompted police action.
When a shorter version of the video was shared by the climate change campaigners, it went viral and created a huge backlash against the managers of the local scaffolding firm whose lorry was involved.
No one was hurt in the incident, but the police said they are investigating reports of an alleged assault and dangerous driving.
The protest last Friday lunchtime and afternoon saw more than a thousand young people – mainly students or school children and parents and young children – gather on College Green.
It was part of a global ‘school strike’, which saw students walk out of lessons in protest at the world’s governments not effectively tackling the climate crisis which has seen the UN warn that if carbon emissions aren’t cut drastically by 2030, it will be too late to save the planet.
After a rally on College Green, hundreds of young protesters moved to block the road at College Green, with some sitting down on the tarmac.
Traffic backed up coming down Park Street and the video begins by showing a van driver, realising the crowd was not going to move, doing a U-turn and heading back up the hill.
Behind, a scaffolding lorry is next in the line, and is then driven forward into the crowd, with the horn sounding, prompting screams from many in the crowd.
A number of people attempt to stand in front of the lorry as the rest of the crowd near the lorry move to one side.
Both the passenger and the driver are seen to get out of the cab briefly, and a couple of times the driver edges the lorry forward.
A number of policemen come to try to block the lorry, and at one stage a police horse is brought over.