Anti-vaccine crowd surrounds Covid test centre with police forced to stand guard
Protesters in Manchester and London rallied against plans for Covid passports and were dubbed “imbeciles” after a conspiracy theorist compared NHS doctors and nurses to Nazis
- 22:49, 24 JUL 2021
VIDEO LOADINGANTI-VAX PROTESTERS IN CENTRAL LONDON ON SATURDAY
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Anti-vaccine protesters surrounded a coronavirus test centre – forcing police to stand guard – as they marched through a busy city centre.
Police officers took positions in front of the centre’s glass doors after protesters – waving banners and chanting slogans – gathered outside.
It came as thousands of demonstrators descended on central London to rally against so-called vaccine passports which have been proposed by the Government.
Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf expressed his support towards health and social care staff as he slammed anti-vaccination demonstrators as “imbeciles”.
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In Manchester, protesters chanted “shame on you” at police officers as hundreds marched through the city centre on Saturday afternoon, the Manchester Evening News reported.
People in the crowd held banners with anti-mask slogans and messages against vaccine passports, which could be introduced for entry into some venues.MOST READ1Woman red-faced as neighbour leaves note pointing out awkward bathroom window detail2Met Office issue amber warnings as thunderstorms and flooding hit parts of UK3Fearless woman goes fishing with giant brown bear in a tiny boat to prove he is safe
After moving down Market Street, protesters entered Arndale Centre.
David Allinson, centre director at Manchester Arndale, said: “We supported Greater Manchester Police in relation to the city centre protest which entered Manchester Arndale for a short period earlier this afternoon.
“The protest has since moved on and the centre has been and continues to operate as normal.”
In London, protesters put conspiracy theorist stickers on windows, chanted and waved anti-lockdown banners.
Following the protests, Mr Yousaf, the Scottish Health Secretary, tweeted: “Seen some awful videos from anti-vax protests across UK.
“To all of our health and social care staff & many others who’ve sacrificed so much & worked tirelessly to keep us safe, hope you do not let these imbeciles upset or intimidate you.
“The majority are so thankful for all you do.”
Conspiracy theorist and anti-vaxxer Kate Shemirani, who was permanently struck off the Nursing and Midwifery Council register, was condemned following her speech to the London crowd.DON’T MISSMinisters ‘fear coronavirus could be spread by farting in a confined space’Woman red-faced as neighbour leaves note pointing out awkward bathroom window detailNissan workers faked self-isolation alerts for time off in ‘pingdemic’ swindle
Protesters cheered as she compared brave NHS staff to Nazi Germany doctors convicted at the Nuremberg trials of experimenting on prisoners and carrying out mass murder.
In her vile address, Shemirani said: “At the Nuremberg trial the doctors and nurses stood trial, and they hung.”
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A tweet on the NHS Million Twitter account stated: “This is what NHS staff woke up to this morning. A rally talking about hanging doctors and nurses. This has caused considerable distress amongst NHS staff.”
An A&E doctor tweeted: “When I got a place at medical school I didn’t envisage 8 years later there being a mob in Trafalgar Square cheering the idea of hanging doctors and nurses in the midst of a pandemic.
“It’s just all a bit… f***ing awful isn’t it? Like just truly absolutely vile?”
Dr Ranj Sing wrote: “Today, right in the middle of London, somebody ACTUALLY publicly insinuated hanging doctors and nurses for doing their jobs trying to fight this awful COVID pandemic. And people cheered. Let that sink in…”
Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden added: “I can’t believe I’m tweeting this. As an ICU doctor who has given everything they have trying to save lives this makes me want to cry.”
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