At least 19 people have been arrested by London police, including former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s brother.
Hundreds of protesters took to Hyde Park in London to denounce the Covid-19 as ‘fake’ endangering citizens and police in the process.
Pictures from the park in the heart of the capital showed around 40 protesters gathered on Saturday morning.
Most had gathered at Speaker’s Corner, waving signs with slogans like “anti-vax deserves a voice” and “this is not about a virus, this is about control” with others denouncing social distancing measures as “tyranny”.
Piers Corbyn, brother of politician Jeremy, was seen shouting that “5G enhances anyone who’s got illness from Covid” and called the lockdown a “pack of lies to brainwash you and keep you in order”.
He was put into handcuffs and led away after declining to leave when asked by a police officer and refusing to give his details when asked.
Demonstrator, 62-year-old Catherine Harvey, said she wanted to highlight the “devastation this lockdown has caused”.
She said she had been forced to close her shop on Columbia Road Flower Market, adding: “The effects of the lockdown are far, far worse than the virus – mental health, domestic violence, shops are closed, theatres, cinemas, restaurants. It’s unnecessary.”
David Sampson, 50, who said he works in finance, said that he had attended the protest because he “never thought I’d see in my generation the suppressing of civil rights” over a “fake virus”.
He said: “This is nothing compared to what’s coming.”
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said:
“With the easing of restrictions we fully expected open spaces to be busy this weekend.”
He added: “It was disappointing that a relatively small group in Hyde Park came together to protest the regulations in clear breach of the guidance putting themselves and others at risk of infection.
“Officers once again, took a measured approach and tried to engage the group to disperse.
“They clearly had no intention of doing so, and so it did result in 19 people being arrested, and a further ten being issued with a fixed penalty notice.”
Small protests also took place in Nottingham, Glasgow, Belfast and Southampton at insupport for the lockdown.
Earlier this month protesters took part in a group hug outside Met Police’s London headquarters in defiance of the coronavirus lockdown.
Acts of extreme vandalism amongst conspiracy theorists have taken place since the Covid pandemic, including the burning of 5G masts.
Despite the protests across the UK, polls have shown that the majority of people support the lockdown.