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Did you hear about Greggs launching a vegan sausage roll this week? Or were you hiding out in your pastry-proof cave?
But people feared the furore had gone way too far when pictures emerged on social media of a large group of protesters congregated outside a Greggs in Manchester on Saturday.
Police were called to the scene in Mosley Street, where they flanked around 30 protesters.
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.
- GMP City Centre (@GMPCityCentre) January 5, 2019
Noticing Union Jacks and English Defence League Placards among the crowds, people put two and two together and assumed the far-right group was protesting the launch of the vegan sausage roll.
The EDL... in Manchester.... have just..... blockaded.... a Greggs..... #vegansausageroll pic.twitter.com/Tj743eP9vC
- Joe Blair (@JoeZBlair) January 5, 2019
Lets just take a moment to marvel that some people are so draconian that they are barracading a Greggs in Manchester, risking the business and jobs inside, because they do not like the vegans having more option. pic.twitter.com/5T8bSsY45z
- SunShang (@SunnyZhia) January 5, 2019
So elements of the UK far-right are blockading a Greggs in Manchester because they've launched a vegan item on their menu? I'm very glad my NY resolution was stopping eating meat.
- Dellamorte :octopus: (@DJdellamorte) January 5, 2019
Those people that post facebook memes about how plucky brits saw off the bosch during the war and how today's youngsters are all coddled and soft are currenly stamping their feet outside a greggs in Manchester because there's no meat in some of the sausage rolls.
- Chris (@seismicshed) January 5, 2019
It turns out though, that these theories were half-baked.
It appears the protest was actually organised by members of a YouTube channel called Tommy Robinson News.
One witness claimed the protesters chanted criticisms of the press and police, while holding pro-Trump and pro-Brexit placards, according to the Manchester Evening News.
It seems the protesters were just being temporarily held outside the bakery as they marched from St Peter's Square to Piccadilly Gardens, hence the confusion.
So no - people aren't marching over vegan sausage rolls, at least not yet anyway.
Whether the truth is more palatable is a matter of interpretation.
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