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Thousands of anti-maskers who think coronavirus is a HOAX march on London

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THOUSANDS of coronavirus conspiracy theorists who believe the pandemic is a HOAX have marched on London today.

Crowds of Covid-deniers swarmed the capital demanding an end to face masks, social distancing and the search for a vaccine.

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The crowd is currently moving towards Downing Street and towards the Houses of Parliament

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The crowd is currently moving towards Downing Street and towards the Houses of ParliamentCredit: Press Association
 Thousands of coronavirus conspiracy theorists who believe the pandemic is a HOAX have marched on London today

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Thousands of coronavirus conspiracy theorists who believe the pandemic is a HOAX have marched on London todayCredit: Reuters
Conspiracy theorist David Icke speaking at the anti-lockdown protests in London
Conspiracy theorist David Icke is seen speaking at the protests this afternoon

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Conspiracy theorist David Icke is seen speaking at the protests this afternoonCredit: Alamy Live News
The 'Unite For Freedom' rally began at midday

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The ‘Unite For Freedom’ rally began at middayCredit: Reuters
Signs at the protest called for an end to mandatory vaccines

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Signs at the protest called for an end to mandatory vaccinesCredit: Reuters
Protesters called for an end to the

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Protesters called for an end to the “new normal”Credit: Alamy Live News

The ‘Unite For Freedom’ rally began at midday – with protesters calling for an end to “government lies” over the pandemic.

Pictures show large crowds gathered in Trafalgar Square holding signs claiming that the virus is a “hoax” and a “scam”.

Other placards read: “No to mandatory vaccines!”

Most of the defiant crowd refused to wear a mask during the protests.

The event is currently moving towards Downing Street and towards the Houses of Parliament.

Well-known conspiracy theorist David Icke – well known for his conspiracy theory linking the coronavirus to 5G technology- is currently addressing a large crowd.

In May, Icke had his YouTube account axed in May after repeated warnings from the company that he had violated its policies by posting misleading information about the pandemic

His address follows an earlier speech from Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers.

Jeremy Corbyn's brother Piers also spoke at the event

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Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers also spoke at the eventCredit: London News Pictures
Pictures show large crowds gathered in Trafalgar Square holding signs claiming that the virus is a

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Pictures show large crowds gathered in Trafalgar Square holding signs claiming that the virus is a “hoax” and a “scam”Credit: Reuters
The group's priorities are listed as

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The group’s priorities are listed as “no more lockdowns and “no social distancing”Credit: Rex Features
A sign reads that

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A sign reads that “masks are muzzles”Credit: Rex Features
One sign slammed the World Health Organisation

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One sign slammed the World Health OrganisationCredit: Press Association

A poster advertising the event read: “Nothing is more important as time is very short – the Government are voting for a two-year extension of their emergency Covid-19 powers in September 2020.

“The first six months was a disaster – this must not be allowed to continue! We have to take a stand.”

The virus has killed over 41,000 people in the UK, with 331,644 infections recorded.

It comes as similar ‘Unite For Freedom’ protests erupted across Europe today.

Berlin police today disbanded a mass protest in the German capital against coronavirus curbs, where marchers failed to keep their distance and wear masks as instructed.

“Unfortunately, we have no other option,” the city’s police said on Twitter, adding people had failed to comply with the safety conditions of the march.

Some 3,000 officers had been deployed to control crowds estimated at 18,000.

And in Paris, hundreds rallied to protest new mask rules and other restrictions prompted by rising virus infections around France.

Police watched closely but did not intervene in the event.

The protests drew an assorted crowd of anti-maskers, conspiracy theorists as well as “yellow vests” who formerly protested economic injustice.

The ‘Unite for Freedom’ group’s priorities are listed as “no more lockdowns, no social distancing, no masks. No track and trace, no health passports. No mandatory vaccinations, no “new normal”.

The march is part of several protests expected to take place across the world under the Unite for Freedom banner.

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A sign attacks the government for imposing an “undemocratic” lockdown Credit: Rex Features
Two men wearing masks are seen at the Unite for Freedom protest

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Two men wearing masks are seen at the Unite for Freedom protestCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Signs refer to the virus as a

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Signs refer to the virus as a “plandemic” and also referred to 5G conspiracy theoriesCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Berlin police today disbanded a mass protest in the German capital against coronavirus curbs

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Berlin police today disbanded a mass protest in the German capital against coronavirus curbsCredit: AP:Associated Press
3,000 officers had been deployed to control crowds estimated at 18,000

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3,000 officers had been deployed to control crowds estimated at 18,000Credit: AP:Associated Press
Protesters reinterpret the government's famous 'Stay Home' slogan

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Protesters reinterpret the government’s famous ‘Stay Home’ slogan Credit: Press Association
Hundreds of anti maskers gathered in the center of Paris today

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Hundreds of anti maskers gathered in the center of Paris todayCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The protests drew an assorted crowd of anti-maskers, conspiracy theorists as well as

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The protests drew an assorted crowd of anti-maskers, conspiracy theorists as well as “yellow vests” who formerly protested economic injusticeCredit: Getty Images – Getty



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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York are calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to create a new bipartisan committee focused on election integrity and schedule hearings to reassure Americans over a process President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to undermine.

There is growing anxiety among Democrats, and some Republicans, that Trump will not only continue to sow doubt over the legitimacy of the coming election but throw the subsequent count into chaos by declaring victory before all the votes can be tallied, including the millions that will arrive by mail.

In a letter to McConnell, Sanders and Schumer quote back the Kentucky senator’s own words, in which he attested to the reliability of mail-in voting by citing its successes in Oregon, Washington and Colorado, which have been using the system for years.

Trump has repeatedly questioned the validity of mail-in voting, promoted conspiracy theories questioning election security, called on supporters to act as unsanctioned “poll watchers,” and suggested that the absence of a clear result by the evening of November 3 would in some way cast doubt on the eventual outcome. Key allies in powerful positions, like Attorney General Bill Barr, have followed suit. Barr has persisted in puffing up a debunked claim that ballots received by mail would somehow strip the sender of their privacy — ignoring well-established safeguards.

By escalating the matter now, Sanders and Schumer are responding to growing concern, in partisan and nonpartisan spaces, that Americans are not adequately prepared for the potential of a longer-than-usual wait for results or Trump’s willingness to short-circuit the democratic process if he smells defeat.

“Democrats and Republicans in Congress must come together to ensure that we have a free and fair election where every vote is cast and counted without intimidation,” Sanders told CNN, “where no one has to put his or her health in danger to cast a ballot, and where we have full confidence in the results.”

The proposed hearings would invite a cross-section of election officials from across the country to testify to the security and reliability of mail-in, early- and in-person voting — subjects on which Sanders and Schumer, again, referenced McConnell’s own words.

“Despite the clear security of our vote-by-mail system, some have continued to undermine it with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud,” they wrote. “As you have correctly said, people ‘can vote early, you can vote on Election Day, or you can drop it in the mail,’ and that voters should ‘not worry about your vote not counting.’”

The minority leader and Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, also want more detailed discussion about the fraught hours, or days, after the polls close and a real-time watch of the election horse race potentially swings from one candidate to another.

“We know a number of states may well be counting ballots for a period of time after Election Day, and that those votes may be determinative in this election,” the senators wrote to McConnell. “To avoid disinformation, conspiracy theories, and suspicion about results, we must understand the likely timeline for this process.”

The letter goes on to reference the recent war games-style preparations conducted by a group called the Transition Integrity Project, a bipartisan gathering of operatives and academics that made headlines when some of the outcomes of their exercises — including “both street-level violence and political impasse” — were reported on in late July.

“A bipartisan group of experts and officials have studied multiple scenarios where the outcome of the election was not immediately known. Some of these scenarios resulted in unrest and even violence,” Sanders and Schumer wrote, suggesting the Senate should elevate similar discussions and familiarize the public with the uncertainties ahead. “We would like to hear from the most knowledgeable people in the country as to how we can do everything possible to make sure that the election and the period afterward is secure and peaceful.”

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HHS supported Caputo, with a statement that called him a critical, integral part of the presidents coronavirus response, leading on public messaging as Americans need public health information to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.

There was no immediate statement from the White House.

Attempts to reach Caputo were unsuccessful.

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called on Azar to fire Caputo, accusing the spokesman of trying to interfere with CDC reports to the medical and scientific community, as well as the public at large. And Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on Azar himself to resign, citing interference with the CDC as one example of what he termed the administration’s failures.

Officials at CDC have privately complained of recent efforts by political appointees at main HHS to try to edit or press for changes in the agency’s weekly MMWR publications, a go-to resource for public health professionals.

MMWR articles are technical, but they reveal telling details. One published earlier this year noted that while Trump’s travel restrictions dramatically reduced travel from China in February, nothing was being done at that time to restrict travel from Italy and Europe, where the coronavirus was spreading widely and rapidly. Analysis of virus samples from hard-hit New York in March suggested it was introduced there from Europe and other parts of the U.S., the CDC article reported.

Caputo is an unswerving Trump loyalist. His recent book, The Ukraine Hoax, claims the presidents phony impeachment was rooted in a vast conspiracy.

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unwinona:This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS…

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unwinona:This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS...

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My RSS Feedunwinona:

This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS and Polio narrative (among others), only we’re seeing it escalated to weeks and months instead of years or decades.

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