More than ten thousand people who believe coronavirus is a hoax have gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square to protest against lockdown restrictions and vaccination programmes.
The ‘Unite for Freedom’ rally started at noon in the capital and calls for an ‘end to Government lies’ and the restoration of all freedoms.
Pictures from the demonstration show Trafalgar Square almost full of demonstrators – none of whom are wearing masks – holding signs that brand the pandemic as a ‘hoax’. When full, the square holds up to 35,000 people.
Other signs claimed masks reduce immunity and likened the restrictions to ‘child torture’. One person held a homemade placard on which he had scrawled ‘no to mandatory vaccines.’
Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers and conspiracy theorist David Icke were in attendance, the latter of whom urged police to ‘stop serving the psychopaths’ and join those protesting in a speech addressing the cheering crowd.
The event is set to march past Downing Street towards the Houses of Parliament where speakers are expected to address the crowd.
Video from the scene showed organisers label the government as ‘terrorists who are waging a war on the people of this country’.
One man says: ‘This is a political agenda to commit mass genocide on the population. That is their agenda.’
The gathering in Trafalgar Square is one of several demonstrations taking place across the world with others in Berlin
A poster advertising the event read: ‘Nothing is more important as time is very short – the Government are voting for a two-year extension of their emergency Covid-19 powers in September 2020.
‘The first six months was a disaster – this must not be allowed to continue! We have to take a stand.’
It lists its priorities as ‘no more lockdowns, no social distancing, no masks. No track and trace, no health passports. No mandatory vaccinations, no ‘new normal’. Restore all human rights that have been violated.’
The poster lists ‘top world class doctors and nurses speaking out with real truth on Covid-19 against GMC constraints’.
Sonia Poulton, who was part of the protest, shared a video to Twitter to urge people to attend.
She said: ‘People are coming today to make their voices heard against mandatory vaccinations, mandatory masks, mandatory anything really. No more lockdowns, no more second wave business’.
It is understood Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers and conspiracy theorist David Icke are in attendance.
Icke, who is reportedly set to speak at 3pm outside the Houses of Parliament, hit headlines in May after he made controversial unproven claims about the virus on several internet platforms, including one that it is linked to the 5G mobile network.
Both YouTube and Facebook deleted his accounts citing violation of their respective policies in relation to disputing the existence of Covid-19.
In April, Icke landed London Live with a sanction from regulator Ofcom after the outlet aired an interview with the former footballer.
In the interview, Icke aired unsubstantiated theories about the virus and suggested mandatory vaccination would be ‘fascism’.
Ofcom said it was ‘particularly concerned’ by Icke ‘casting doubt on the motives behind official health advice to protect the public from the virus’.
‘These claims went largely unchallenged during the 80-minute interview and were made without the support of any scientific or other evidence.’
Speaking at the event, Icke accused the police present of enforcing fascism and subjecting the people to a psychopathic regime.
Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers is also a well-known conspiracy theorist who has spouted claims that the coronavirus is linked to 5G mobile networks.
In June, he faced charges for his part in a similar May demonstrations at Speakers Corner, Hyde Park, involving 50 people which breached lockdown rules.
The Metropolitan Police have dedicated a large police presence to monitor the demonstration and have written an open letter to those organising protests this weekend.
It reads: ‘The MPS is aware that the coming bank holiday weekend may see a number of large gatherings in indoor or outdoor spaces.
‘The MPS strongly advises people not to attend any large gathering for the protection of yourselves and others. We are still in the middle of a global pandemic.’
It goes on to remind the public that it is their responsibility to ensure they are not committing an offence.
‘Please be advised that you may also be at risk of committing a criminal offence. Under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 (as amended), no person may participate in a gathering which consists of more than 30 persons either indoors, on a vessel, or in a public outdoor place, unless certain exemptions apply.
‘ We all need to continue to do our part to prevent the spread of the virus.’
The Met published an open letter to organisers of mass demonstrations this weekend urging the public to do their part
Groups of protesters could be heard asking police why they were wearing masks at the demonstration in London