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The march that showed we will not be bullied over Covid


THE eagerly awaited ‘Freedom Rally’ to protest about lockdown and vaccine passports took place on Saturday afternoon in London. The exact location and other details had been shrouded in secrecy because large gatherings are still forbidden under lockdown restrictions. People attending had to get to central London and await further instructions, which came about an hour before the start time of 1pm.

This scenario underlined another reason why people wanted to make their presence felt: the fact that for over a year the right of freedom to protest has been non-existent.

From late morning onwards thousands arrived and continued doing so all afternoon. The marchers set off 15 abreast from Hyde Park Corner and covered a long circular route back to the start point. The atmosphere throughout was almost carnival-type, buoyant, with music, drums, some fancy dress and of course megaphones. Those attending were of all ages, races, religions, cultures and backgrounds, with many feeling that the issue of freedom is the new political issue which transcends all others. The whole march was very peaceful with a relaxed atmosphere and not much of a police presence.

The Russian channel RT News said that the numbers were in their hundreds of thousands, possibly 750,000, while the government-supporting mainstream media (those which mentioned it) claimed it was just 10,000 or just a few thousand. Anyone attending the march or watching could clearly see the numbers had to be at least 40,000 to 50,000.

It was a morale boost for all those in the rally to be at one with those who were not going to tolerate ‘the new normal’. For many it was their first time on a protest, and they were invigorated by it. The marchers were heartened by receiving huge cheers from the public along their route.

Some were disappointed that there was no gathering at Trafalgar Square with key speakers, but that could not happen with the current government protest curtailments.

The rally was about freedom from all lockdowns restrictions and a demand to have no covid vaccine passports. There were numerous banners and slogans, mostly self-made, on a variety of lockdown issues and the point was freedom to express your opinion. The absence of professionally made banners highlighted the lack of funding the anti-lockdown movement has, but this was more than made up for by genuine enthusiasm.

What was achieved by this mass rally was the reminder to politicians that they are dealing with a formidable and growing force which will ultimately defeat their attempts to control and manipulate the population.  

A number of ‘freedom from lockdowns’ London mayoral candidates were at the rally, including Piers Corbyn of the Let London Live party, Laurence Fox of Reclaim, Peter Gammons of UKIP and David Kurten of Heritage.

One thing all freedom supporters who live in London can do is to give both their first and second choice votes in the coming mayoral elections to anti-lockdown candidates, as well for those standing as London Assembly members.

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Anthony Webber
Anthony Webber
Anthony Webber is an independent political commentator and founder of the umbrella body, the National Alliance for Freedom from Lockdowns.

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