Activists have gathered in their hundreds at London’s Hyde Park on Saturday protesting against the coronavirus lockdown.
Crowds gathering in #HydePark to demand an end to #Lockdown. See you at Dollymount Strand on Tues for #BunreachtByTheBeach to mark 100 days of the unelected government and the beginning of the end of tyranny #EndLockdownIreland #Covid19Ireland #NotMyTaoiseach #HoldFirm🌈 (🤮) pic.twitter.com/OcOCLfG2Jb
— Gemma O'Doherty (@gemmaod1) May 16, 2020
Pictures and videos have emerged on social media showing people standing near to Speakers Corner at Hyde Park with banners saying, “This is not about a virus, this is about control” and “No to the new abnormal.”
People opposing lockdown are gathering hyde park. pic.twitter.com/eeLv3jfkns
— Ichiro Ohira (@IchiroOhira) May 16, 2020
Metropolitan Police Officers were also pictured at the protest and could be seen leading Piers Corbyn, the brother of the ex Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, away in handcuffs.
Police took Corbyn away after declined to leave when asked by a police officer and also declined to provide his details when asked.
Protesters boo as man led away in handcuffs by police at Hyde Park anti-lockdown protest pic.twitter.com/ZpCPqmsypG
— Thomas Hornall (@Thomashornall) May 16, 2020
Corbyn brought a megaphone to Hyde Park corner and began saying that 5G and the coronavirus pandemic were linked, calling it a “pack of lies to brainwash you and keep you in order.”
Anti lockdown protest in Hyde Park. People have been arrested. The police don’t have any PPE. pic.twitter.com/mBdiz2hpSU
— Haley Ott (@haleyjoelleott) May 16, 2020
Finance worker David Samson, 50, told the PA news agency he came because “I never thought I’d see in my generation the suppressing of civil rights” over a “fake virus.”
A protester called Dee told PA news agency, “I am here because I am worried about civil liberties being taken away.
“Reading the coronavirus act that has gone through Parliament it seems there are changes being made which infringe our freedom.
“And I am worried the media has run away with the Covid-19 thing and blown it all out of proportion.
“People are still believing the mainstream media where the actual figures being put out explain it all that the risk of dying from Covid-19 are so tiny.”