Massive Protests Against Vaccine Passports In London

A person holds a colour smoke bomb during a protest against the lockdown, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain March 20, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

This past Saturday, thousands of people marched through London protesting to express their anger with the COVID-19 restrictions and regulations. The tipping point is that these overstepping regulations may soon involve the use of passports to prove receipt of vaccination.

Lauren Fox and David Kurten, London mayoral candidates,  were in attendance at the march which began at Hyde Park and winded its way through the city throughout the afternoon. When authorities showed up and tried to break up the demonstration, the protesters turned violent by throwing stones and other debris at police. As a result, eight officers were injured and five of the demonstrators were arrested.

“Eight officers were injured as they worked to disperse crowds in Hyde Park this evening,” London police officials tweeted. “Missiles including bottles were thrown in small pockets of disorder. Two officers were taken to hospital. Thankfully, they are not believed to be seriously injured.”

The protesters, numbering in the thousands, had gathered for a “Unite for Freedom” protest focussed on demanding a complete ban on the introduction of vaccine passports.

“Photographs posted on social media show a female police officer bleeding from a cut to her head, while another suffered a similar wound on his forehead,” reported the Daily Mail. “A Met Police spokesman said two officers were taken to hospital after protesters turned violent last night. They added: ‘Eight officers were injured as they worked to disperse crowds in Hyde Park this evening. Missiles including bottles were thrown in small pockets of disorder. Two officers were taken to hospital. Thankfully, they are not believed to be seriously injured.'”

The protesters were seen sporting signs stating “no new normal” and “no health passport.”

The demonstrations sparked due to government discussions to implement “Covid-status certificates,” which would be issued to people who have received the COVID-19 vaccines and should be carried at all times to present to authorities upon request. However, Boris Johnson, Prime Minister, openly opposed the vaccine passports stated that they would be “intrusive, costly and unnecessary.”

Vaccine passports have emerged throughout the United States as well. This past month, Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, issued a statement announcing a new program that would make it a requirement for New York citizens to show a COVID-19 “passport” in order to enter public areas such as sports arenas, theaters, etc.

This plan seeks to start the program to establish an “Excelsior Pass” which will use encrypted technology to prove that a state citizen has received their COVID-19 vaccination or has recently had a test prove negative.

 

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