Bristol news Anti-vax march through Bristol causes bafflement and alarm MetiNews.Com
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Breaking News ! As protesters passed Quay Street Diner during Saturday's march against lockdown and vaccines, one of them handed some flyers to the drinkers sitting outside. There were initially cheers from those at the tables, but when they saw what was on the leaflet, there was a collective yelp. One customer at the city centre bar quickly dropped the flyer from their hands, apparently alarmed by the Covid-scepticism. One of those outside the bar, support worker Annie-May, said: "I loved the fact there's a protest going on but at the same time, as soon as I realised exactly what it was about, I was like, 'I'm out.' "I have literally stayed inside for so long. I've been a key worker. I am not against the vaccine. I've had both my vaccines now. If people want to get together and do this that's fine, but there's a better good that you need to aim for. "I'm really not for it because if you're not getting vaccinated then what is the world going to come to?" But the 24-year-old from Redland also said she believes people should be free to choose what they want to do with their bodies, adding: "As a feminist I've fought for that my entire life... you can choose what you want to do. If you don't like it, you don't like it." As the interview ended, a man from the marching group shouted "f*** off and die" in the direction of this reporter and the group at Quay Street Diner. The march had started from College Green shortly after 5pm and lasted around an hour. A couple of hundred protesters blocked traffic on some routes through the city centre as they shouted: "Stand up, take your freedom back." The chants included "the media is the virus", conspiracy theories about vaccines, and "we are the 99 per cent". Data from the Office for National Statistics suggests the proportion of anti-vaxxers is actually far lower than this figure, with 94 per cent of British adults reporting "positive vaccine sentiment" as of late March. A 61-year-old man was among those waiting at the bus stop on Fairfax Street when the protesters marched past. He says some were "shouting and jeering and making fun of people who were wearing masks". The bystander, who lives in central Bristol and did not wish to be named, said: "It was inconsiderate, it was antisocial, and at times it was aggressive and abusive." He approached the demonstrators and asked if they would hand him their loudhailer. When they did, his words did not go down well with the group. "I was trying to underline that we are under lockdown pandemic conditions, and a man came up within inches of my face and swore at me," he said.
. I was called a weasel repeatedly." The local described the anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine sentiments behind the protest as "senseless", adding: "I don't want to see it on the streets of my city."
Passer-by Jamie gave his thoughts on the protest
Another passer-by, Jamie, was confused by the timing of the protest, given the Government's recent easing of restrictions. He said: "I can see their point but is it really needed now when we're almost out of lockdown? That's my point... is there any point protesting it now it's hopefully almost over?" Jamie added he could empathise with people's struggles during the pandemic. He said: "Continuous lockdowns have taken their toll on people. People just want to get back to some sense of normality, but we're almost there by the looks of things." One of the protesters on College Green before the march, Dave Jackson, held a placard which read: "I would rather eat dogs*** than have disgusting evil 'vaccine'!" The 54-year-old, from Saltford, said he didn't want the "poison" from a vaccine. Coronavirus vaccines have been found to be "extremely safe", says the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. To get the latest news straight to your inbox, click here Asked how he knew the vaccine was poisonous, Mr Jackson said his concern was actually more about how he “hasn’t had any fun for a year”. When it was pointed out the easing of rules allow many activities, such as drinking in beer gardens, Dave replied: “I don’t want to get wet in a beer garden.” Told he could go inside pubs from Monday, Dave said he would not go because it would be table service only. He said: “Well I want to be able to go up to the bar.” Joel Stephenson, a 21-year-old electrician who lives in Newtown, Wales, was among those at the demonstration on College Green before the march.
Protester Joel Stephenson
He said: "I believe that lockdowns are first of all ineffective and second of all can be used in a very negative way. We shouldn't be just willy-nilly letting Governments take over our freedoms just because of a virus or something like that. I think that is quite irresponsible. "I think the responsible thing would be to take personal control of your own health and to do whatever you can to make sure you keep healthy. As long as you've done that, the Government should keep out of your business." Asked how certain he was that mainstream scientists are wrong about the effectiveness of lockdowns, Mr Stephenson replied: "I'm not sure whether they're wrong or right. I don't have a scientific background personally. I just know how to research and I also know how to look after my own health."
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