Hundreds of people claiming the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax have gathered in central London to protest the massive rollout of vaccinations.
Protesters gathered in Parliament Square on Saturday at a Unite for Freedom rally, with some claiming the pandemic was a fraud, while others carried placards reading ‘My body, my choice’.
Others had signs saying “We don’t agree,” “You have no power over us,” and “We’re not guinea pigs,” and flags.
Protesters held signs saying ‘my body is my choice’ and dropped smoke bombs at the rally in central London
Various signs say ‘you have no power over us’, ‘facts are not afraid’, ‘no to vaccination passports’ and ‘facts not afraid’
During the protest in Parliament Square, several smoke bombs were fired and one firework was also fired
They also protested the idea of vaccine passports.
Many people are believed to have traveled from outside the capital to participate in the meeting.
Several people fired smoke bombs and one fired fireworks.
A man, who did not give his name, told the PA news agency that he had come to the capital “because I want to be free and I want you to be free and the government is lying to us.”
Hundreds gathered to protest against the UK’s vaccination roll-out and restriction restrictions
It is thought that no one at the mass rally wore face masks and some wore signs against masks
One of them said they attended the protest because the press ‘lies to us’ and they didn’t believe the government
Another said she attended because the press “lies to us.”
By lunchtime the crowd began to disperse and make their way to Whitehall.
The protest comes just one day after Johnson and Johnson’s covid vaccine got the green light from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), three months after it was submitted for approval.
The vaccination will be available later this year.
The approval makes it the fourth coronavirus vaccine to receive the green light in Britain, following the Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccinations.
All other jabs currently being rolled out in the UK require two doses at least eight weeks apart.
Many held signs to protest vaccination passports when the restrictions were lifted on June 21
A sign said ‘we are not guinea pigs’ as part of the protest against vaccinations and government restrictions
During the protest in Parliament Square on Saturday, a fireworks display was also fired and police were on the spot
Several people carried yellow umbrellas with ‘my choice’ on them, while others carried signs and flags
During the protest in central London on Saturday, the rules of social detachment were not followed and no masks were worn
In April, the European Medicines Agency ruled that the shot should come with a clear warning of a serious blood clotting disorder. It made the same recommendation for AstraZeneca’s jab.
Both vaccines have been associated with serious blood clots that have occurred in addition to an abnormally low platelet count known as thrombocytopenia.
Health Minister Matt Hancock said it was a “further boost to the hugely successful vaccination program, which has already saved more than 13,000 lives.”
He added: ‘It means we have now approved four safe and effective vaccines to help protect people from this terrible virus.
“Being a single dose vaccine, it will play an important role in the coming months as we redouble our efforts to encourage everyone to get their shots and possibly start a booster program later this year.”
Several people have said they don’t believe the press or the government is telling the truth about the pandemic
The ‘Unite For Freedom’ rally targeted government vaccinations and blocking restrictions, which would be lifted on June 21
Several protesters had smoke bombs that they set off in Parliament Square as part of their demonstration
A woman is holding a sign saying ‘we do not consent – reclaim your freedom’ while others are carrying flags in the background
A man is holding a sign that says ‘I’m not anti mask you are anti face’ while others sit as part of the protest and wave flags
In addition to signs, protesters also carried flags in Parliament Square representing different areas in the UK
Earlier this month, MailOnline reported that peak tests were being conducted in Bolton, Greater Manchester and the London Borough of Hackney due to concerns about the Indian variant.
But figures showed that most Covid-19 patients in Bolton hospitals alone had not accepted the offer of a vaccine and that up to 10,000 vulnerable people had also still not been stung.
They cited reasons for refusing the vaccine, including fear of needles, government conspiracy theories, and concerns about possible blood clots.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been urged by Tory MPs not to delay the roadmap to freedom on June 21 in the interest of those who have been offered a shot and who refused.