The movement that flies the flag of individual freedom includes members who struggled with police officers
Dozens of protesters against vaccination certificates and adolescent inoculation tried on Monday to enter the headquarters of the BBC, the British public broadcaster, and struggled at the access door with the police guarding the building. The protesters reportedly had the wrong venue when they planned their protest.
The BBC maintains some studios in the White City building in west London, but its journalists and news programs, which protesters denounce, returned in 2013 to a headquarters in the center of the capital. Some protesters made their way to the right headquarters after their failure to raid the wrong building. The Metropolitan Police investigated the events, but there were no arrests.
The movement known in England as ‘anti-vaxx’ groups diverse characters. It includes personalities obsessed with different conspiracy theories, radical Brexit militants and Piers Corbyn, brother of former Labor leader Jeremy, who joined those gathered before the BBC. An astrophysicist, and a leftist like his brother, he previously had a reputation as a skeptic about the scientific consensus around climate change.
Last week, a duo of provocateurs filmed a video, later posted on YouTube, in which they handed him around € 11,000 to stop criticizing the AstraZeneca vaccine, claiming they were shareholders and their speeches were hurting them. They encouraged him to criticize other vaccines. Corbyn accepted the money, which turned out to be tickets from the Monopoly game.
Among the protesters were two men wearing the berets of the Parachute Regiment. They were immediately identified by their former companions in arms and reported to the Police. One of them had left the Army after refusing to go to the war in Afghanistan. The regiment announced that it suspects that active members had participated. They will be removed like cancer. They are an insult to retired and active members of the armed forces, “said his spokesman.
The British Government, which announced that 75% of the population has already been vaccinated with two doses, has not made the vaccines mandatory, but has suggested that a vaccination certificate will be necessary to go to discos or football matches. The Premier League begins this weekend and some clubs will require the certificate or negative test test, before the Government confirms its decision.