Hundreds of people took to the streets in Cardiff to protest against coronavirus rules and restrictions.
Currently, the rules in Wales mean you need a Covid vaccination pass, proof of vaccine, or a negative coronavirus test in the past 48 hours to attend events where there are large crowds.
Demonstrators – which included anti-vaxxers and people against Covid passports – walked through the Welsh capital on Saturday, January 22.
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They walked through St Davids Shopping Centre and up to St Mary’s Street then onto Queen Street before finishing at the National Museum.
Shouts of “freedom” were heard and protesters- many of whom donned hi-vis jackets – made a lot of noise as they made their way through the city – with high pitch whistles, drums, and megaphones.
Some held signs saying “no to vaccine mandates”, others made reference to Boris Johnson’s recent lockdown party scandal bearing the words: “Partying politicians had no fear”.
Others held signs claiming “kids are dying from the Covid jab”. Several medical experts, including The UK’s independent fact checking organisation Full Fact, have said their is no evidence linking deaths among children to the vaccine rollout.
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One person carried a cut out of Wales’ First Minister, Mark Drakeford ‘, daubed with the words “liar” across it. There were also signs saying the government and the media were “the virus” – not Covid, an actual virus which 153,000 people in the UK have died with.
And others had the a phone number for the police urging people to report a death caused by the vaccine to officers – some of whom from South Wales Police flanked protestors as their made their way through the city to ensure the march passed by without incident.
The protest, which saw some adults bring along children to, did in fact remain peaceful – however there were a couple of words exchanged as well as bemused looks from shoppers who disagreed with demonstrators’ message.
It is not the first time a Covid related demo has happened in Cardiff.
Last summer, hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters gathered outside First Minister Mark Drakeford’s home.
The protest sparked condemnation from many who said the scenes amounted to “bullying” and claims their tactics on that day used a “favourite tactic of the far right” in the USA.
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