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London protest: Thousands march in fury over lockdown and vaccine passports

London protests: Unite for Freedom protestors march through city

In videos and photos posted to social media, tens of thousands of protestors were pictured gathering and marching without face masks on, it has been claimed. The protestors, holding banners and chanting “freedom”, are marching through central London. Those in attendance are protesting against coronavirus lockdowns and vaccine passports. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has yet to respond to the protests. Piers Corbyn, the older brother of former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, has been spotted at the protest. 

Mr Corbyn has been a vocal critic of Covid lockdowns and in May 2020 he was arrested at an anti-lockdown protest.

He gathered alongside hundreds of others to object to their rights of free speech and movement being curtailed.

Colourful banners and posters are being carried by the protestors this afternoon, advocating for an immediate end to lockdown rules.

One banner read: “Love not fear. Freedom not tyranny.”

Thousands of protestors have gathered in central London this afternoon to object to lockdown (Image: Reuters)

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London news: Protestors marched through Oxford Street (Image: Reuters)

Another poster said: “Freedom is not a privilege it’s a right.”

A third said: “We’re the ones you failed to fool!”

The event has been titled ‘Unite for Freedom’ and had been heavily planned.

Former MEP Martin Daubney, who attended the “buzzing” protest, said it was “mobbed”.

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London news: Protestors were chanting ‘freedom’ (Image: Reuters)

He tweeted: “At Hyde Park for the freedom march.

“Absolutely buzzing atmosphere.

“The BBC will doubt say there are ‘hundreds’ here but it’s mobbed.”

Yesterday, protestors said they have planned the “biggest street part London has ever seen”, according to a poster for the event.

It reads: “Bring your instruments, bring your rhythm, bring pots and pans, bring your voice, bring your heart.

“The message: Medical Freedom.

“No health passports.”

The Met Police had warned the public not to attend, as large-scale gatherings are against current Covid rules. 

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UK coronavirus map live (Image: Express)

A spokesman said: “We are aware of several groups intending to demonstrate in and around central London on Saturday, 24 April.

“Gathering for the purpose of a demonstration can be permitted under the current regulations, however, a risk assessment must be completed which sets out how the gathering will be safe and minimise the risk of people transmitting Covid-19.

“An appropriate policing plan will be in place across the weekend with additional officers on the streets of London.

“They will look to engage with those in attendance to ensure their safety, and that of the public, is not put at risk.

Thousands of people attend the lockdown protest

Thousands of people attend the lockdown protest (Image: NC)

“Officers will continue to attempt to make contact with organisers to explain the rules they are required to follow in order to make their gathering lawful.

“Covid-19 has not gone away and it is the responsibility of the organisers to comply with the Government regulations still in place and ensure their gathering is safe.”

Many people took to social media to hit out the protesters claiming England is “no longer in lockdown”.

One person tweeted: “What now? What are they protesting for?

Thousands of people attend the lockdown protest

Thousands of people attend the lockdown protest (Image: NC)

“We are no longer on bloody lockdown!! Seriously people have nothing better to do than protest.

“Count yourself lucky YOU ARE ALIVE!! people think covid-19 gone but it’s still here.”

Someone else said: “What the hell are you even protesting????

“Someone please explain.”

Thousands of people attend the lockdown protest

Thousands of people attend the lockdown protest (Image: NC)

Another person pointed out the “thousands of people crammed into the streets” will cause a “spike in Covid cases”.

Someone else echoed: “No masks, no distancing.

“The irony is… well ironic!

“These morons protesting against the Lockdown will be the very reason we stay in lockdown!

Thousands of people gathered in London today

Thousands of people gathered in London today (Image: Getty)

“Idiots #londonprotest”

They tweeted: “At a point in which the lockdowns around the UK are starting to lift.

“Kids are back in schools, shops are opening again and people can go to the pub once more, some idiots in London are staging an anti-lockdown protest?

“Kinda feel they’re a little bit late… and stupid.”

Thousands of people gathered in London today

Thousands of people gathered in London today (Image: Getty)

Another person hit out and said: “Why are anti-lockdown marches still happening?

“Pubs and shops are open, schools and workplaces are open.

“Everything they want is now either here, or happening very soon.

“It’s like me going on a protest today to demand that it be a Sunday. #COVIDIOTS #londonprotest”

London Mayor candidate Laurence Fox was at the protest

London Mayor candidate Laurence Fox was at the protest (Image: Getty)

Tory supporter, Kevin Edger, tweeted: “I see there’s another #londonprotest today. Do people have nothing better to do?

“It’s sunny, the parks are open, the beer gardens are open, the shops are open, outdoor attractions are open.

“The country has massively opened up & we are just weeks away from everything being open.”

Additional reporting by Emily Ferguson


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