UK: Jeremy Corbyn's brother among 19 arrested at London anti-lockdown protest
From    17May2020


At least 19 protesters were arrested in an anti-lockdown demonstration in London's Hyde Park on Saturday.  Piers Corbyn, brother of former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, was also among those arrested.

Footage shows the protesters holding placards and chanting slogans, in addition to the arrests.

Jeff, a protester, said, "I'm protesting because our liberties have been taken away by our government under dodgy scientific data, and it's an absolute outrage.  I'm here specifically to honour my grandfather who fought on the beaches of Normandy in 1944.  He fought for my freedom and the least I can do is come out here and protest for my freedom."

"We are being conned. We are being conned by governments of all colours around the world.  That's why I'm here," he added.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a nationwide lockdown on March 23, in a "national effort to halt the growth of this virus." Johnson warned of there not being "enough ventilators, enough intensive care beds, enough doctors and nurses," if the UK health service became overwhelmed with COVID-19 infections.

According to the latest data collected by Johns Hopkins University, COVID-19 has infected over 241,000 people in the United Kingdom and resulted in 34,446 deaths with the virus.

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