Protestors at shopping centre as thousands take to capital's streets claiming pandemic is a hoax
Thousands of people who claim the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax gathered in central London to protest against the mass vaccination rollout in a United for Freedom demonstration.
Protesters gathered in Parliament Square on Saturday at a Unite for Freedom rally with some claiming the pandemic is a hoax while others carried placards reading ‘My body, my choice’.
Some held signs which read ‘We do not consent’, ‘You have no power over us’, and ‘We’re not guinea pigs’.
This evening, a group staged a demonstration in the Shepherds Bush site of the Westfield shopping centre, causing ‘significant disruption’ for shoppers and leading to warnings from the police.
Met Police wrote in a statement on Twitter: ‘The third demo is now at Westfield and is causing significant disruption to the local community and businesses, police are at the location.
‘The MPS strongly urge those who are taking part in this demo to go home. Failure to do so may result in enforcement action being taken.’
Crowds clash with police outside Westfield London during the Unite For Freedom demonstration on Saturday
Protesters held signs reading ‘my body my choice’ and set off smoke bombs at the demonstration in central London
Several signs read ‘you have no power over us’, ‘facts not fear’, ‘no to vaccine passports’ and ‘facts not fear’
Several smoke bombs were set off during the protest at Parliament Square and one firework was also launched
A London Bus is covered in anti-vaccine stickers near Trafalgar Square following the anti-vaccine protest in central London
One sign reads ‘I need to be able to tell my kids I wasn’t silent’ and another ‘Sheeple, since when do you trust big Pharma?’
It is thought many of the crowd travelled from outside of the capital to take part in the gathering.
Earlier today several people set off smoke bombs and one launched a firework in demonstrations around London.
One man, who did not give his name, said he had come to the capital ‘because I want to be free and I want you to be free and the Government are lying to us.’
Thousands gathered to protest against the vaccination rollout across the UK and lockdown restrictions
It is thought that no one at the mass gathering was wearing facemasks and some held signs opposing masks
One said they had attended the protest because the press ‘are lying to us’ and they did not believe the government
A London bus was covered in anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination stickers near to the protest
One protester holds a sign that reads ‘say no to lockdowns, masks [and] vaccine passports’
India Langman, 21, stands in a fountain at Trafalgar Square after attending the ‘United For Freedom’ rally on Saturday
Protestors carried a large banner during the ‘Unite For Freedom’ march, which moved to Trafalgar Square
Another said she had attended because the press ‘are lying to us.’
By lunchtime, the crowd had started to disperse and headed to Whitehall, with some walking to Trafalgar Square.
Pictures showed a London bus covered in anti-vaccination stickers.
The protest comes just one day after Johnson and Johnson’s single dose covid vaccine got the green light from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), three months after it was submitted for approval.
The vaccination will be available later this year.
The approval makes it the fourth coronavirus vaccine to be given the green light in Britain, following ones made by Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna.
All of the other jabs currently being rolled out in Britain require two doses given at least eight weeks apart.
Many who attended the protest said that they don’t believe the government or press
Many held signs protesting against vaccination passports when restrictions lift on June 21
One sign read ‘we’re not guinea pigs’ as part of the protest against vaccinations and government restrictions
One firework was also set off during the protest in Parliament Square on Saturday, and police were at the scene
Several people carried yellow umbrella’s with ‘my choice’ written on them while others carried placards and flags
Social distancing rules were not adhered to during the protest in central London on Saturday and no masks were worn
A demonstrator holds a placard during the protest which reads ‘free your face’
In April, the European Medicines Agency ruled that the jab should come with a clear warning about a serious blood clotting disorder. It made the same recommendation for AstraZeneca’s jab.
Both vaccines have been linked to serious blood clots that have occurred alongside abnormally low blood platelet count, known as thrombocytopaenia.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was a ‘further boost to the hugely successful vaccination programme, which has already saved over 13,000 lives’.
He added: ‘It means that we now have four safe and effective vaccines approved to help protect people from this awful virus.
‘As it is a single-dose vaccine, it will play an important role in the months to come as we redouble our efforts to encourage everyone to get their jabs and potentially begin a booster programme later this year.’
Several people have said that they do not believe the press or government are telling the truth about the pandemic
One sign read ‘we are ordinary people trying to protect our freedom and rights so our children have a future’
People turned out at the mass rally in central London to protest against vaccinations
Several protesters had smoke bombs which they set off in Parliament Square as part of their demonstration
A woman holds a sign reading ‘we do not consent – reclaim your freedom’ while others carry flags in the background
A man holds a sign reading ‘I’m not anti mask you are anti face’ while others sit as part of the protest and wave flags
As well as placards, demonstrators also carried flags in Parliament Square representing different areas in the UK
Pictured is a man wearing a gas mask and carrying models of how the virus looks under a microscope
Placard-waving protesters gathered near in Parliament Square this afternoon as part of the Unite for Freedom rally
Some of the protesters were wearing specially-designed T-shirts for their day demonstrating in the capital, with this group stood near Winston Churchill’s statue
Police officers on bikes squeeze through a small gap near the protesters demonstrating for the Unite for Freedom march today
Several protesters seem to be heckling the officers passing by the scenes of the march in Parliament Square while others took photos
A protester sets off a flare near the Queen Tower and the Houses of Parliament while another saw an opportunity for a picture
This demonstrator tried to get her point across with a sign as she is surrounded by other people on the Unite for Freedom march
Stickers were plastered across London in the wake of the protestors on the Unite for Freedom march
Earlier this month, MailOnline reported that surge testing was being carried out in Bolton, Greater Manchester, and the London Borough of Hackney over concerns related to the Indian variant.
But, figures showed that most Covid-19 patients in Bolton hospitals alone had not taken up the offer of a vaccine and up to 10,000 vulnerable people had also still not been jabbed.
They cited reasons for refusing the vaccine including fear of needles, government conspiracy theories and concern over potential blood clots.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been urged by Tory MPs to not delay the roadmap to freedom on June 21 for the sake of people who have been offered a jab and refused.
Published at Sun, 30 May 2021 19:28:13 +0000
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