It’s the shocking moment when dozens of police descended on a bar in Scotland, battling two people on the ground as they closed the pub.
Onlookers booed and shouted ‘shame’ as officers arrested two revelers in the raid on the Scottish venue which was hosting a New Years Eve party.
Witnesses claimed that six police vans and around 25 police raided the Avant Garde gastro pub in Glasgow, Scotland on New Years Eve because they saw people dancing there.
Bar owner Billy Tetmichalis, 63, who is considering filing a complaint against the police, says he has been told it must close because patrons are not complying with Covid regulations.
However, Scottish police said the visit was part of a “routine visit” and was not aimed at enforcing Covid restrictions.
They told MailOnline that the owner was unable to produce evidence that he complied with the license conditions and was subject to enforcement action.
In the video shared online, officers were heard saying the bar’s license had been revoked and the revelers had to leave.
Police tackled a man at a Glasgow bar, put him in a headache and arrested him as he was about to retrieve his coat after arriving to interrupt a New Years party in the city center
Man’s partner watched police pin him to the ground after scuffle with officers
Due to strict Covid rules introduced by Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon on December 27, pubs and restaurants that serve alcohol have returned to table service only.
Indoor reception and leisure places are necessary to guarantee a social distance of one meter between different groups of people.
Mr Tetmichalis said MailOnline agents entered his bar on King’s Street in Glasgow because they saw a few people “dancing” and being served at the bar.
He added: “Some were dancing – that was the initial complaint. The police were walking by and saw people dancing so they entered.
“We had complied with all the measures. We were doing table service but people got up to approach the bar and we didn’t stop them because everyone was safe.
“This venue has a capacity of 306 people and we stopped selling tickets to 80 in order to give them enough space – everyone was well spaced.
“Some people came to the bar and we didn’t stop them – if that puts us at fault, so be it.”
Footage shows revelers drinking in the bar as police flood the venue and interrupt the party.
Six police vans were seen outside, but it’s still unclear why officers were called to the pub
Many officers, but not all, wore masks. The bald man was pinned to the ground by at least three police officers before being taken outside the location in handcuffs and taken to a police van.
The drinkers boo the officers and shout “shame” as they are all told to leave.
An officer confronted a bald man in a black top and waistcoat who was trying to retrieve his jacket.
The video, widely shared on social media, appears to show the man facing an officer and questioning his age, telling him “don’t tell me how to behave around my friends, you’re young enough to be my son.”
The man asked a policeman not to touch him, but the officer pushed him aside and he can be heard saying, “Don’t push me, you will be arrested if you touch me again.
The man replied, “I’m just trying to get my coat.”
Another officer confronted the man and pulled him away from his jacket as the party animal pleaded with the police.
The owner of Avant Garde in Glasgow (pictured) said he was hosting an event for 80 people at his 306-seat bar to enable them to implement Covid measures affecting Scottish locations
Video shows the man appearing to push back, at which point the two officers tackled him to the ground and threw him into a headlock as onlookers began to boo.
One shouted “leave him alone” while another called it “dishonor”.
Meanwhile, another officer attempted to grab a phone from the man’s partner.
The officer asked her to hand over her phone, before she and another police officer appeared to grab the woman, bring her to the ground and snatch her cell phone.
One person who watched the scene unfold in the bar called it “police violence”, while another told police: “You can’t just hurt people.”
Mr Tetmichalis said police arrived around 11:15 p.m. to enforce Covid rules.
He added: “They saw fit to close the place. All of a sudden there were so many vans and I think the police started asking people to leave – they were intimidating.
“All the clients were middle aged people who come here regularly – there were no young people – it was a lively atmosphere until the police arrived.”
Two police officers pushed the woman to the ground and ripped off her phone before arresting her
Calling the police decision to end the party disappointing, Tetmichalis said he planned to file a formal complaint because the level of their response was “unnecessary”.
He said, ‘There was no need. The police came to the bar the next day and served me a notice to close between 11pm New Years Day and 11pm New Years Day.
– It was official from the police. I don’t know if they will continue.
A Scottish Police spokesperson said: ‘Officers made a routine visit to an approved facility in King Street, Glasgow at around 11.30pm on Friday 31 December.
“No arrests have been made in connection with the Covid guidelines.
“The 63-year-old license holder refused to provide officers with the relevant license documents or assist with any other request and was charged with it and obstructing the police.
“This has led to people being asked to leave the property.
“A 60-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman were arrested for physically and verbally abusing police officers and for licensing offenses.
“No complaints have been received so far regarding agent conduct, if a member of the public wishes to make a complaint against an agent they can call 101 or fill out a form on our website.
“Investigations into the incident remain ongoing.”