What are they so against? They are not conspiracy theorists Or Covid-19 deniers. Just people with genuine concerns about the pandemic'.
I have been an unofficial legal and neutral observer, photographer, and reporter at the majority of London's anti-masks, anti-lockdown, and anti-vaccine protests.
Why they are all so sceptical and against things (so anti). I have realised that not all the 'anti-lockdown' protesters are 'anti-maskers', and not all 'anti-maskers' are 'anti-vaccine, and so on.
When Covid-19 first hit the headlines at the beginning of 2020, we were all petrified out of our wits. Fear and anxiety spread like wildfire as we listened to the daily briefings and advice from the government, media, and public health authorities. We became fearful of going out, touching things, or being too close to anyone. We were scrubbing our hands to an inch of their life — and constantly wiping and spraying everything with antibacterial wipes.
Because of the pandemic, there have been never-ending conversations, debates, and protests around the world (footage). And, many protesters have been arrested (footage) for breaching Covid restrictions. The reality is, they are totally against the governments' responses to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Because of the forever-changing goalposts, rules, regulations, and confusing, complicated, and conflicting advice, many do not believe that the virus is as deadly as the scientists and governments keep saying it is.
As for the 'anti brigade', these people come in all shapes and sizes. Of every walk of life, position, and profession. Yes, there has been a small percentage who are just anti-government and stand against anything and everything that the government stands for. This is understandable, given the government's history of lying and cover-ups, as well as in the NHS.
Most people describe the government's handling of the situation as the equivalent of "killing a gnat with a sledgehammer", while others say they are "not doing enough"!
Anti-Maskers: Hashtags; #Antimask #Anti-Masker #NoMoreMasks #freeyourface #Smile
The anti-maskers have lost faith in science and the government. They are sick and tired and confused about their forever-changing advice and recommendations, and misleading health claims about wearing face coverings. Even scientists are rowing about how safe and effective they are, as well as anti-maskers publically speaking out about their concerns at unnecessarily being forced to wear a face mask (be muzzled).
THe most common complaint? "Wearing a facemask makes it harder to be heard clearly and harder to recognise people, and more importantly, harder to breathe in".
This has made the deaf community and people with hearing problems become more isolated because they use peoples 'mouths and lips' to read/hear what's going on around them which is the equivalent of covering up our eyes and ears with a covering that we can hardly see or hear through!
In addition, masks cover one of the most expressive parts of the body (the smile).
Anti-maskers are also not keen on breathing in the air they breathe out (unnecessary carbon dioxide particles) from wearing a face mask which can cause 'Hypercapnia', a condition arising from too much carbon dioxide in the blood. Mild symptoms include a headache, shortness of breath, and dizziness. Severe symptoms include seizures, muscle twitching, loss of consciousness. In extreme cases, you could end up in a coma. Snopes, the fact-checking website says it's mostly false. In little or no danger', which means there is some element of risk.
As for the scientific evidence concerning the effectiveness of wearing disposable facemasks compared to expensive ones, nothing can be scientific, because, if everyone were wearing the same certified respirator, which is effective in filtering 99.7 percent of coronavirus particles, nothing would be conclusive. Why? Because we all wear them differently. Our heads and faces are different shapes. Even If they did fit everyone's faces, not everyone, will keep them clean or sanitised for each public outing — or follow hygiene practices by cross-contaminating the mask, each time they touch it to reposition it or take off.
What works best against Covid-19, washing hands or wearing masks? Health experts say, "masks are not the most effective protection against the spread of the illness, and there are other better ways to protect yourself and others". Which includes social distancing when possible, washing hands (using and disposing of tissues)— keeping surfaces sanitised, and indoor spaces ventilated are the best ways to reduce the spread of Covid-19
Anti-Lockdown: Hashtags; #lockdown #AntiLockdown #AntiLockDownProtest #NoMoreLockdown #NoNewNormal #freedom #NoNewNormal #scamdemic
Protesters who are against the lockdown, arbitrary arrests, and suppression of protests are so passionate about their fight, they were willing to be arrested as they publicly voice their anger (footage) to protect their loved ones, livelihood, and sanity.
During the lockdown, children and young adults have been denied the basic human right to be educated. Those who have been educated are now being denied the right to work.
While those continue to shout and scream from the proverbial rooftops, I've witnessed hundreds of workers from the entertainment and events industry stage a silent protest (footage) at Parliament Square, to highlight the impact of the lockdown.
As well as the hospitality industry banging their pots and pans outside Parliament to highlight the increasing job losses and business closures, as further restrictions, look set to decimate businesses already on their knees after months of closure, and left in limbo.
The 'events & entertainment' workers also staged a 'silent protest' in Parliament Square against the lockdown rules. On another occasion, 400 musicians took part in a moving musical performance in support of freelance musicians. including hundreds of other professions who fundamentally oppose the lockdown restrictions. Businesses spent thousands of pounds, so customers could self-distance or isolate themselves where necessary. Placing plastic shields in place to protect everyone, all in line with the government's guidelines, but the government still shut them all down!
The lockdown has also had a major impact on health and medical care. Hospital appointments for cancer treatments, hip, and knee replacements, and organ transplants have been either delayed, postponed, or cancelled as hospitals focus on the coronavirus. Deaths by suicides have increased 200% in the lockdown period.
The number of people dying from home has increased dramatically — not from Covid, but everything else! In the last six months of 2020, diabetes victims are up 86%. Prostate cancer up 43%. Breast cancer up 53%. Parkinson's 79% and bowel cancer 46%.
People (including myself) are afraid to seek medical help, in fear of catching the virus, or simply too concerned about being a burden on the NHS.
Births, marriages, and funerals have been affected by restrictions and crowd control (social distancing). Families and friends, forbidden to witness the birth of a pregnant relative. Families members are unable to see the new addition to their family. Others denied the final touch of their loved ones as they lay dying!
Many elderly people are so fearful of catching the virus, they have chosen to spend their last dying days being confined to their homes. Many have little or no human contact!
The lockdown is threatening the future of medical research. Charities are suffering severe cuts, unable to organise fundraising events to help humanity progress. Unfortunately, the crisis is on its way to being a major setback in human development.
Being confined to our homes with little else to do, more people have resorted to alcohol, drugs and online gambling which have all increased during the lockdown.
There has been a huge increase in domestic violence against women and children who have no escape from their abusers during lockdown restrictions or being forced to quarantine.
The lockdown restrictions are taking their toll on people who are naturally social, touchy-feely, and outgoing butterflies', just as much as it affecting 'hermits, reclusive's and loners'.
A leading oncologist said, "Covid-19 kills, but so does lockdown". Dr Adrian James, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists said, "The Covid-19 pandemic could be the biggest hit to mental health since the Second World War,"
And, as Covid continues to crash the economy, and workers and business owners face financial ruin, I witnessed the exhausted, despairing and frustrating looks in the eyes of those who have taken to London's streets to protests against the lockdown.
One protester said, "It is a greater evil to destroy the livelihood of millions of people to save relatively so few. If we don't end the lockdown, every sector of society has, and will continue to suffer".
Anti-Vaccine Hashtags: #Antivax Anti-Vaxxers #AntiVaccine
A percentage of this group are content in complying with the mandatory rules to wear face coverings in public and agree with the lockdown rules — the remainder are not for many reasons, and have publicly spoken out at many anti-vaccine protests.
Scientists, doctors, and celebrities who have become key figures in the anti-vaccination movement (whom the media describes as conspiracy theorists) have stood on the steps of Trafalgar Square to expose what they believe, including the former footballer, David Ike, and Piers Corbyn, brother of labour politician, Jeremy Corbyn.
First and foremost, people are concerned about a vaccine rushed through parliament, similar to the 'miracle drug', Thalidomide, prescribed in the 1950s to treat pregnant women caused malformations in newborn babies that the NHS tried to cover up.
Many anti-vaccine sceptics claim that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is behind it all to implant 'trackable microchips 'in everyone to 'control' the people. These rumours came about after Bill Gates said he wants to use the microchip "to help control the virus by allowing it to track and trace people." 'Snopes', the fact-checking website says "it's false". What they failed to mention is, the 'microchip' is a 'quantum dot'/'nano-particle'. How does it work? When a person is vaccinated, microparticles in microneedles inject the dye/dot in the skin.
Why? According to a study published in the Science Translational Medicine, the quantum dot/dye is a way to store medical information under the skin. "to avoid the risk of clerical errors and provide quick and easy access to medical records, especially in 3rd world countries where information is hard to store or gets lost through conflicts or wars within those countries".
As for not wanting to take the vaccine, Ray Walker, a medical researcher said, "If a person decides that he does not want to participate in an experimental drug trial, and prefers to wait until it has been fully approved by the FDA, would you refer to him as an anti-vaxxer, or somebody with good common sense"? He continued, "If you were offered a new vehicle, which you refused because it had not been safety tested by the manufacturer, would you consider yourself an anti-vehicle buyer"?
Since 2014, thousands of people from Sweden have had microchips inserted into their hands, which are used to store medical details, as well as make life easier for suedes to conduct business. Similar to 'contactless payments cards. The downside. The RFID and NFC technology make your personal info more vulnerable to hackers and malware.
Some anti-vaxxers fear the vaccine chip is to control people. They say, "the government will know exactly where you have been with the help of 5G mobile phone networks. He concluded, "if you have to 'self-isolate' or on a 'curfew' or under lockdown travel restrictions, they can use that information to know where you've been and penalise you", which can be a form of control. They are fed up with "Big Brother" getting bigger and more intrusive into people's lives".
A number of anti-vaxxers have said, "the whole pandemic is "being used by pharmaceutical companies to profit from selling unnecessary vaccines".
A poll has revealed. more than a third of Britons have said they are 'unlikely to take a Covid-19 vaccine'.
Up to 60% of US health workers are refusing to get Covid-19 vaccines in fear of 'side effects and feel like they're "being treated as guinea pigs". Others are worried that a vaccine that usually takes decades to be approved has been approved and rolled out so quickly.
Pork-derived gelatin has been used to ensure that 'some vaccines' remain safe and effective during storage and transport which has led Muslims and Hindus to refuse the vaccine in fear it contains pig products and/or alcohol which is against their religious beliefs. However, a 'fact checking' website says, they are not in the Covid-19 vaccines being used in the UK, namely the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
Covid tests on NHS staff and patients have produced wrong results. No test is 100% accurate as there will always be some people who test positive when they do not have the disease or test negative when they do. And while some countries exaggerate their Covid cases, others are under exaggerating their figures (for whatever reasons)
The British Journal reads, "things aren’t perfect in British medicine. We still see shocking cover-ups, scapegoating and the appalling treatment of whistleblowers in the NHS, but the profession is moving in the right direction, shaped by the expectation of transparency and accountability for all".
87,000 Dutch health workers in the Netherlands don't want to be vaccinated, saying 'we're not guinea pigs'. 50 percent of US front-line workers declined to be vaccinated, and 49% of US hospital staff don't want to be vaccinated.
Furthermore, people are worried that all vaccines weaken the immune system and destroy DNA. Others say they are harmful because they all contain mercury and aluminium which the scientists say, "is usually not harmful in small doses". The medical journal, 'The Lancet' said, "more research and studies were needed to be more conclusive"
Most people would rather go down the 'herd immunity' road. Dr. Chris van Tulleken said, "we followed public health workers who have had Covid-19 virus and studies suggest it offers the same protection as having the vaccine".
The increasing consensus among immunologists; "the vaccine will not be 100% effective for everyone, so we will have to live with Covid-19". A leading pathologist said "98 % of people will actually recover from Covid-19". Others worry that a vaccine that is 95% effective and safe, is "not worth taking that 5% risk for"?
In a candid video, Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA explains why doctors and nurses giving the Covid-19 vaccine will be "tried as war criminals". His video on YouTube was removed by YT!
All this has led the anti-vaxxers to believe they will be treated like "second-class citizens" until they take the vaccine.with restrictions being placed on them.Or penalise them in other ways.
There are still a number of people who fully support the vaccine, the wearing of face coverings, and being locked down. yet still, many are so scared, they would weld their doors shut if they could — even if it means being locked up forever until the vaccine is rolled out to everyone.
Even if everyone gets jabbed, there are no 100% guarantees about the vaccine's long-term effectiveness, compared to actually catching Covid-19. Because only time will tell how safe it will eventually be for all ages, races and ethnicities, along with any underlining health conditions they have or potential side effects from other medications or injections people are already taking.
The pandemic has caused the highest number of deaths in the UK since World War II. The good news: we will see the end of the Coronavirus pandemic, the same as we witnessed the end of previous pandemics, and wars that caused so much destruction and claimed the lives of far too many people.
However, we emerged victoriously, and the UK managed to overcome record levels of unemployment, homelessness, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. We were bankrupt for decades, but our unique survival experiences have given us the tools to handle those challenges when we reach the end of this pandemic.
Until then, our lives are on hold as were left sitting in the dark, similar to the blackout during the war —and only time and history will see if the government's handling of the pandemic has been what's best for the UK, and for everyone's best interest, regardless of their status.
© 2021 Tony Sky