Introduction – Sept 26, 2020
The first anti-lockdown rally in Trafalgar Square drew some 10,000 protesters. The Daily Mail, below, estimated that there were 15,000 people at Saturday’s protest.
While the Daily Express also estimated that “at least 15,000” people attended.
In other words there is substantial and growing opposition to the measures being imposed to contain coronavirus. These measures, which include restrictions on movement and association, are seen by an increasing number of people as a backdoor route to totalitarianism.
This view has been given further support by a growing number of doctors and scientists who question the effectiveness of a lockdown and mandatory facemasks in containing the “pandemic”.
In fact there are many who question if coronavirus is even a new virus. According to one scientific study it is just a mutation of the sort of seasonal colds and flu we see every year. In other words coronavirus is no more deadly than seasonal colds and flu.
This is not to minimise the deadliness of these diseases, especially for the very old or those with pre-existing conditions. For example, in 2014/2015 colds and flu accounted for 44,000 deaths in England Wales.
However, the Covid-19 “pandemic” needs to be seen in context and the official response has thus far been totally disproportionate. The billion dollar question is why? Is the reaction of governments around the world a miscalculation? Or is their uniform response because Covid-19 is being used as a pretext to impose a new, totalitarian world order? Ed.
At least 15,000 people cram Trafalgar Square in rally against lockdown
Raven Saunt and Faith Ridler – Mail Online Sept 26, 2020
Anti-lockdown protesters today clashed with police after at least 15,000 demonstrators descended on Trafalgar Square as part of a rally against coronavirus measures in the UK.
Attendees of the ‘We Do Not Consent’ rally ditched their masks as they crammed into the London square this afternoon, despite Metropolitan Police pleading with people to stick to Britain’s coronavirus restrictions.
Crowds, who were also warned violence would not be tolerated, carried placards reading ‘is this freedom?’ and ‘end the crazy rules’ as they flocked to protest against Britain’s coronavirus restrictions.
Ten people were arrested during the demonstration – which later moved to Hyde Park – and four police officers were injured with two rushed to hospital.
Piers Corbyn, 73, brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, was among the crowd alongside conspiracy theorist David Icke, 68, who has made a series of false claims linking Covid-19 to 5G technology.
(Note: Those claims about 5G and Covid-19 are not “false”, as the Mail claims. They have just not been proven– nor disproved. Ed.)
Demonstrators ditched their masks and ignored social distancing as they shouted ‘we will win’ and waved flags, before police shut them down because crowds ‘have not complied with the conditions of their risk assessment’.
Trafalgar Square has a maximum capacity of 20,000 people and photographs showed crowds almost filling the area as they stood shoulder to shoulder to protest against Britain’s increasingly stricter lockdown rules.
In contrast, last month’s protests had around half today’s turn-out – at around 10,000 people.
Skirmishes broke out between protesters and police later in the day, with those in attendance chanting ‘shame on you’ – shoving at officers as they passed through the crammed crowd.
Pictures show a woman appearing to be knocked to the ground as a struggle broke out behind her, while one man chanted with blood pouring out of his head.
In a statement, Scotland Yard said the breach had ‘put people in danger of transmitting the virus’ which voided their risk assessment and left those at the event ‘no longer exempt’ from Covid-19 restrictions.
‘We are now asking those in Trafalgar Square to leave,’ the force said. ‘Officers will be engaging with crowds and informing them of this development. By leaving now, you can keep yourself safe and avoid any enforcement action being taken by officers.’
The Met also confirmed that ten people had been arrested following demonstrations with four officers injured – two requiring hospital treatment.
The rally comes as almost 18million Britons – a quarter of the population – will be living under tighter coronavirus restrictions by 6pm tomorrow, after the UK announced a record 6,874 new cases in the last 24 hours.
Those in Leeds were banned from mixing with other households at home or in pubs, bars, restaurants and parks from midnight, as Wigan, Stockport and Blackpool also saw draconian measures brought into force.
Households in the Welsh town of Llanelli are set to be banned from entering each other’s homes and gardens from 6pm today, with the nation’s two biggest cities of Cardiff and Swansea to follow suit in the next 24 hours. Residents will also be banned from entering or leaving the areas without a ‘reasonable excuse’.
Britain recorded 24 deaths today in a preliminary count as the UK’s fatality number continues to creep upwards. NHS England announced 20 deaths, while three were recorded in Wales and one in Northern Ireland. None were recorded in Scotland.
Today’s ‘We Do Not Consent’ rally, organised by Stop New Normal, comes just a week after a protest against mass coronavirus vaccinations, which saw more than a dozen officers injured when a ‘small minority’ targeted police. More than 32 arrests were made.
The Metropolitan Police said it has been engaging with today’s organisers throughout the week to remind them of their legal obligations and explaining the events could be in breach of coronavirus regulations.
While protests are exempt from the rule of six, which is in force in England, those in charge must submit a risk assessment and attendees must comply with social distancing.
Police said some organisers had done so but where this had not happened the Met will ‘increase their engagement and encourage attendees to disperse’.
They added that enforcement ‘remains a last resort but will be undertaken if required’.
It is understood police had searched a man and confiscated a makeshift riot shield earlier in the day.
Commander Ade Adelekan, who is leading the Met operation, said while there is ‘great frustration’ at the regulations, a large midday protest could put the health of protesters and their contacts at risk.
He said: ‘I know there is great frustration to these regulations but they have been designed to keep everyone safe from what is a lethal virus.
‘By flagrantly gathering in large numbers and ignoring social distancing, you are putting your health and the health of your loved ones at risk.’