Trafalgar square, in the heart of London, is no stranger to a protest. In 1887, the area saw hundreds facing arrest for marching against unemployment. And it was only a few weeks ago that Extinction Rebellion filled the fountains with red dye in solidarity of the way the Brazilian government is handling Covid-19.
But for the past two weeks, Trafalgar Square has been home to a growing number anti-mask, anti-vax and anti-government control protests dominate the historic communal area.
So, what’s been going on and what are the protests all about?
From the start of the lock down, rumors of COVID being made up by the government were flying around stronger than a pack of killer hornets. It wasn’t until mid-September, when the government announced there could be mandatory mass vaccinations that crowds gathered in Trafalgar square to protest this idea and stand against the conspiracy theories that were starting to build up.
Placards filled with anti-government messages filled the square. Whilst some read ‘Scam’ and ‘freedom’, others said ‘This is now tyranny’. Throughout the day, speeches were made ranging from discussions on advocating for the legality of weed to how 5G was the reason for Covid.
Inevitably, fights broke out between protesters and the police. Of the thousands of people at the protest, 32 people were arrested.
A week later, with the government announcing new lockdown rules may last another 6 months, 15,000 took to the streets to London to protest their anger against the new rules now in place. Such as 10pm curfews and no more than 6 people being able to meet up at once.
During this protest, thousands failed to comply to the social distancing rules put in place by the government. Not that they cared.
This time, placards had messages on like “We do not consent” and “Stuff the stupid rules”. 9 police officers were injured as protesters threw bottles of water at them whilst chanting, “pick your side”.
As part of the same protests, many people have been trying to fight against the forced use of masks in public places. With the leader of the movement claiming the pandemic to be more of a ‘scamdemic’ and compared The NHS to Auschwitz.
Despite experts believing that the masks are proven to stop the spread of coronavirus, demonstrators say their human rights are being violated and are describing themselves as ‘The resistance’.
Those who are part of the movement have said that masks cause illness, rather than prevent it.
Celebrities and Their Views
Several celebrities have recently made their voice heard when it comes to their opinion on not wanting to wear a mask.
In a podcast with Matt Morgan, Noel Gallagher said that he didn’t wear a mask. In the podcast, he said, “You’re supposed to wear them in Selfridges, but you can fucking go down to the pub and be surrounded by every fucking cunt. ‘Oh well, actually, we don’t have the virus in the pubs, but we have it in Selfridges.’ ‘Oh, alright.’”
The singer songwriter also said that he doesn’t like to wear a mask because it takes away his liberties.
Whilst Ian Brown, singer of popular 90s band The Stone Roses, has even gone to the lengths of releasing his song about his anti-vax viewpoint. The lyrics talk about how we will all be chipped and controlled.
On the other hand, Twisted Sister, the band behind the song “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, have told anti-maskers to not use their song as part of their protests.
So, what’s your opinion? Is the government taking away our liberties? Or are they trying to stop the spread of a deadly virus? The way things are going, who knows anymore?