Thousands of anti-lockdown protesters descended on central London today as the latest round of coronavirus restrictions came into force.
Campaigners marched down Hyde Park and Oxford Street calling for an end to strict new curbs as the capital entered Tier 2 of the Government’s Covid alert system.
Led by Piers Corbyn, brother of the former Labour leader, demonstrators chanted “stick your poison vaccine up your a***”, “take off your masks” and “we are the 99 per cent”.
Some carried placards blaming the Covid-19 pandemic on the new 5G network, while others claimed the virus itself was a hoax.
The city’s move into the “high risk” category means Londoners are now banned from household mixing indoors, while the rule of six remains in effect outdoors.
A number of demonstrators carried signs reading “my body, my choice” – a slogan borrowed from the pro-choice movement.
One of the organisers told a breakaway group outside Downing Street: “Man flu has closed our country and crushed our economy.”
Mr Corbyn, who has previously been fined the maximum £10,000 for his anti-lockdown rallies, also took part in a demonstration in Soho on Friday night.