Thousands of activists marched through central London in a ‘Unite for Freedom’ demonstration to demand an embargo on vaccine passports.
Demonstrations, including London Mayor hopefuls Piers Corbyn, made their way through the metropolis as they waved banners and placards plastered with a variety of catchwords including ‘no new normal’ and ‘no health passport’.
The crowds didn’t seem to be adhering to social distancing guidelines and were not wearing face masks, and the protests came amid discussions over COVID status certificates being viewed by ministers to help open up society, getting people back into work or away on holiday despite concerns from Boris Johnson’s own MPs that they would be intrusive, expensive and futile.
Earlier this month, Britain’s equalities watchdog warned the Government that vaccine passports could be unlawful, create a two-tier society, and discriminate against migrants, ethnic minorities and the poor.
The supporters of the movement were protesting against new COVID 19 measures including what they call coerced vaccinations.
The Metropolitan Police took to Twitter with a series of posts that read that they had a policing operation in central London as a consequence of several demonstrations and that anyone coming into London for a demonstration must make sure their gathering was lawful, with a risk assessment carried out by the organiser, and that officers were on-site and were engaging with those taking part.
The demonstration was in response to COVID status certificates being viewed by ministers to help open up society, get people back into work or away on holiday despite concerns from Boris Johnson’s own MPs that they will be intrusive, costly and futile.
Recent polling has found the majority of Britons back their use, especially for foreign holidays, but there are wider concerns that they could be used in every aspect of life including to get on public transport, into shops, pubs and restaurants.
Earlier this month, the Equality and Human Rights Commission piled pressure on the Prime Minister and told the Cabinet Office that while they’re a proportionate way of lifting restrictions, they could also prohibit people from daily life.
And they warned that a ‘no jab, no job’ policy could be illegal before the entire population is given a jab, while plans to force all care workers to be vaccinated could also be subject to legal reform.
In the meantime, Johnson & Johnson COVID 19 Vaccine, CDC and FDA have recommended a stay in the use of Johnson & Johnson’s J&J/Janssen COVID 19 Vaccine in the United States out of an abundance of caution, effective Tuesday, April 13.
The Advisory Committee on Immunisation Practices (ACIP) held its second emergency meeting to address J&J/Janssen COVID 19 Vaccine on April 23, 2021, and people who got the J&J/Janssen COVID 19 Vaccine in the past three weeks have developed severe headache, abdominal distress, leg pain, or shortness of breath.
And these people that are protesting shouldn’t be called crazy against such draconian measures, and the beauty of our democratic society is that there must be checks and balances in society, and I praise all of those people who came out to protest. Their actions are needed so that we can remind government authorities that people still have a voice and a basic right of freedom of choice, which must be protected at all times.