Jeremy Corbyn’s brother arrested at anti-lockdown rally in Hyde Park rally as London police say protests ‘not permitted’ (VIDEOS)
Armed with a megaphone, Corbyn warned the crowd of almost 50 demonstrators about alleged links between the coronavirus pandemic and 5G, claiming it 'enhances anyone who's got illness from Covid, so they work together.'
Piers Corbyn, brother of ex-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, also led away in handcuffs after saying 5G and coronavirus pandemic linked, calling it a ‘pack of lies to brainwash you and keep you in order’ pic.twitter.com/8NKgnxYakQ— Thomas Hornall (@Thomashornall) May 16, 2020
He went on to speak about forced vaccinations and civil liberties, but was quickly encircled by police.
After a brief exchange, one of the officers put handcuffs on Corbyn after he reportedly refused to leave or provide his details.
In a video of the incident, a woman in the background can be heard shouting "They're arresting this guy for speaking out." The activist was then escorted to a police van.
At least five other people were detained during the event.
Piers Corbyn (Jeremy Corbyn's brother) arrested at anti-lockdown protest in London's Hyde Park. pic.twitter.com/KyNHKFfOll— RT UK (@RTUKnews) May 16, 2020
The arrest was criticized on social media, with some noting that the officers were not wearing masks.
Look at the sheer number of Police Officers present to arrest Jeremy Corbyn's brother Piers at Hyde Park corner for taking part in the Lockdown protest.No masks to protect themselves or the public & the officer handling the loudspeaker Piers Corbyn had isn't wearing gloves. 🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/9KKe5iw5YN— Alex Tiffin (@RespectIsVital) May 16, 2020
Others, though, applauded the arrest, arguing that the protesters were breaking social distancing guidelines and Corbyn was spreading disinformation and wasting police resources during the pandemic.
It’s not a word I use lightly but #PiersCorbyn is an absolute fruitcake. He has a conspiracy theory for everything. He’s wasted valuable police time and spreading damaging information in a time of pandemic #Shameonhimhttps://t.co/Bm5FFyGY13— WorkPsychAngi (@WorkPsychol) May 16, 2020
UK premier Boris Johnson recently eased lockdown rules and the “stay at home” slogan became “stay alert.” This means allowing people to go to work if necessary, as well as permitting unlimited exercise and outdoor activities.
However, exercising the right to assembly is still forbidden. As they hauled off some of the protesters from Hyde Park on Saturday, London’s Metropolitan Police warned the public that “protest, marches or assemblies are not permitted.” Health regulations that forbid large-scale gatherings are “still in force,” they said, adding that officers will be on the street to “encourage people to comply.” Presumably, this means arresting the likes of Piers Corbyn.
If you're out today, please remember that Health Protection Regulations remain in place:❌ Protest, marches or assemblies are not permittedPlease be responsible and help reduce the risk to public health. Officers will engage and encourage people to comply with the conditions. pic.twitter.com/VOrTy2yLrd— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) May 16, 2020
While lockdown measures have been eased somewhat this week, most businesses remain closed. Social-distancing guidelines –which recommend people keep a two-metre distance from each other– have also not been loosened.
Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, meanwhile, have kept stricter measures in place.
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