Thousands of protesters protested against Covid-19 anti-epidemic measures in London

Thousands of protesters protested against Covid-19 anti-epidemic measures in London

Police had to enter Trafalgar Square to dissolve a protest protesting the Covid-19 epidemic prevention measures as protesters ignored social segregation warnings.

Activists holding banners and masks for the Covid-19 epidemic prevention while participating in the march under the international movement “Black Lives Matter” to Trafalgar Square, London on June 12, 2020. Documentary photo: AFP

According to the AP news agency, September 26 afternoon thousands of protesters, most not wearing masks, crowded in London’s iconic Trafalgar Square to hear speakers criticizing the restrictions imposed by the British government against the Covid-19 epidemic . They argue that the measures are an outrageous anti-epidemic response while limiting human rights and public freedom of expression.

London police previously announced that, before entering the plaza, police officers urged protesters to abide by the regulations on social segregation and they would enforce enforcement if protesters do not comply. .

“The crowd in Trafalgar Square did not comply with the conditions of risk assessment and put people at risk of Covid-19 infection,” the London police said, adding: “We are asking the crowd to the crowd in Trafalgar Square left. “

The demonstration took place in the context of the British Parliament preparing to review the Covid-19 prevention law and the British government introduced new restrictions to control the epidemic. Some British lawmakers criticized the government for implementing socially distancing regulations without the approval of Congress.

Speakers at the protest denied they are conspiracy theorists, and affirmed that they stood up for freedom of expression and human rights.

Among them, Dan Astin-Gregory, a leadership development specialist, despite recognizing the deaths and pain caused by the pandemic, he said that the countermeasures of Covid-19 are currently incompatible. worthy of its threat.

“We get tired of our fears and distortions of truth,” Dan Astin-Gregory told the crowd. “We get tired of measures that limit our freedoms,” he added.

Earlier this week, the British government imposed a 10 p.m. curfew on bars and restaurants across the country, along with stricter requirements for masks and increased fines on schools. compliance does not comply.

In addition, the British government also banned most gathering of activities of more than 6 people, but there was an exemption from the demonstrations if the organizers of the demonstrations submitted their risk assessment reports and followed the regulations. social distance.

This demonstration comes a week after the same incident earlier in Trafalgar Square. Local police said some police officers were injured while on duty at the rally when “a small portion” of the protesters turned violent.

Britain is the European country with the highest number of deaths from the Covid-19 pandemic with nearly 42,000 people. In recent weeks, the country has seen a sharp increase in Covid-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths.

In addition to the Covid-19 anti-epidemic measures that were applied throughout the UK, some jurisdictions were also in place to more closely control areas with increased cases. As of September 28, a quarter of the UK population will have to live with highly anti-epidemic measures.

London, home to nearly 9 million people, on September 25 was added to the government’s list of “areas of interest” to watch Covid-19. That means London could face new anti-epidemic measures if infections continue to rise.

On a global scale, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns, when the global death toll of Covid-19 is about to reach 1 million, it is “not impossible” to reach 2 million. , if the countries do not agree to take action against the epidemic.

“That (the 2 million deaths) is certainly unthinkable, but not impossible, because we look at the loss of 1 million people in the last nine months and the vaccination process in the market. In the next 9 months, it will be a big task for the people involved, “said TS. Said Mike Ryan, Executive Director of WHO’s emergency health program.

“The real question is: Do we get together to prepare, do what is necessary to avoid that number,” wondered Ryan.

Since the Covid-19 epidemic appeared in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019, the world has so far recorded more than 32 million people infected and at least 983,900 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Over the past years, Covid-19 mortality has tended to slow down thanks to the efforts of scientists and the medical team to improve the efficacy of oxyene and dexamethasone treatment in severe cases.

However, before the Covid-19-resistant vaccine was widely used, The number of Covid-19 deaths globally is still likely to increase to 2 million If world leaders fail to take better remedial measures and this depends on “the nature, scale and intensity of our cooperation,” Ryan warned.

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