Far-right protestors declare 'war' on vaccines and Covid restrictions

Far-right protestors declare 'war' on vaccines and Covid restrictions

Demonstrators have marched all around Dublin city. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Far-right activists and anti-vaccine protesters have held a demonstration in Dublin against Covid-19 jabs and ongoing restrictions in Ireland.

Around 1,500 protesters gathered outside Custom House in Dublin, as roads were blocked and traffic forced to a standstill.

Protesters during a anti-restriction protest outside the Custom House in Dublin. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Protesters during a anti-restriction protest outside the Custom House in Dublin. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Protesters held anti-vaccine signs and chanted “freedom” as they walked through the city.

Many placards and banners called for the end of restrictions and for the public to refuse Covid-19 vaccines. 

Protestors gathered at the Customs House before marching to the Dáil. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Protestors gathered at the Customs House before marching to the Dáil. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Demonstrators marched around Dublin city centre before advancing up Merrion street to speak outside Government buildings.  

The latest demonstration comes as health officials confirm 1,345 new Covid cases today with the Delta variant driving a renewed wave of infections.

Maskless demonstrators also spoke out against the Covid certs being rolled out for indoor dining and international travel.

A large Garda operation was in place throughout the city, which included public order unit vans as well as Garda prison vans on standby.

An anti-vaccine protester told the crowd: “If people are coming to your door then you have to protect yourself from the needle because it’s coming and they are coming for your kids.

“You have to stand up because it’s war.

They are coming to kill you and that’s the end of it. 

The speaker also claimed the vaccine programme was “genocide”.

Among those taking part in the protest was prominent anti-lockdown campaigner Dolores Cahill.

Prof Cahill, a UCD professor who ran as an independent candidate in the recent Dublin Bay South by-election, was seen taking selfies with a number of other demonstrators.

Her election campaign used widespread misinformation about the coronavirus and government public health restrictions. 

The protest comes after the deputy chief medical officer appealed to stop the spread of disinformation. 

Dr Ronan Glynn urged people not to rely on unsubstantiated information about the virus.

"This pandemic has provided a prime example of how easily misinformation can spread online, and many people have been exposed to information that is false, inaccurate, or misleading," said Dr Glynn.

This is known as misinformation and it started to spread about potential Covid-19 vaccines even before any had been developed.

"Unfortunately, it has undermined vaccination efforts in many countries, prolonging the pandemic and putting lives at risk."

In Belfast, a similar demonstration took place with hundreds gathering to demonstrate against vaccines and lockdowns. 

Similar anti-vaccine and anti-restriction demonstrations are taking place in Australia and France with thousands of protestors assembling in Sydney and other cities. 

In France, far-right activists and members of France’s yellow vest movement held protests against a bill requiring everyone to have a special virus pass to enter restaurants and other venues and mandating Covid-19 vaccinations for all health care workers.

Legislators in France’s senate are debating the bill on Saturday after the lower house of parliament approved it on Friday.

French virus infections are spiking and hospital cases are also growing. 

The government is trying to speed up vaccinations to protect vulnerable populations and hospitals and avoid new lockdowns.

Most French adults are fully vaccinated and polls indicate a majority of French people support the new measures.

Protestors in Australia were demonstrating against new lockdown restrictions introduced to reduce outbreaks amid the latest Covid surge. 

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Sydney and other Australian cities to protest lockdown restrictions amid another surge in coronavirus cases.

The unmasked participants marched from Sydney’s Victoria Park to Town Hall in the central business district, carrying signs calling for “freedom” and “the truth”.

Greater Sydney has been locked down for the past four weeks, with residents only able to leave home with a reasonable excuse.

The protest comes as Covid-19 case numbers in the state reached another record with 163 new infections in the last 24 hours.

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