Jeremy Corbyn’s brother among arrests at anti-lockdown protests

The brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was one of several protesters taken away in handcuffs during protests against the coronavirus lockdown.

Around 50 people defied social distancing to gather close together at Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park, west London, holding placards with slogans like "anti-vax deserves a voice" and "freedom over fear".

Dozens of police officers, including some mounted on horseback, patrolled the protest, issuing several fines and arresting at least six people.

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Police attend an anti-coronavirus lockdown demonstration with protesters holding a Union Flag (L), a Flag of St George (R) and a placard that reads "I am a free man, I am not a number" in Hyde Park in London on May 16, 2020, following an easing of lockdown rules in England during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Fliers advertising 'mass gatherings' organised by the UK Freedom Movement to oppose the government lockdown measures and guidelines put in place to halt the spread of coronavirus in parks around the UK calling for attendees to bring a picnic and music have been circulating on social media. People are being asked to "think carefully" before visiting national parks and beaches on the first weekend since coronavirus lockdown measures were partially eased in England. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Piers Corbyn (brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn) is spoken to by the Police as conspiracy theorists gather at Hyde Park Corner to defy the emergency legislation and protest their claim that the Coronavirus pandemic is part of a secret conspiracy on May 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The prime minister has announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty images)
Police lead away Piers Corbyn, brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, as protesters gather in breach of lockdown rules in Hyde Park in London after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
Police patrol Glasgow Green where members of the public gathered, as part of gatherings taking place this weekend across the UK against the coronavirus pandemic restrictions after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown.
Police handcuff and detain a protester in Hyde Park in London after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
Police attend as members of the public gather in Glasgow Green to protest against the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
Police attend as members of the public gather in Glasgow Green to protest against the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
Police attend as members of the public gather in Glasgow Green to protest against the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
Police attend as members of the public gather in Glasgow Green to protest against the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
A member of the public at Glasgow Green as part of gatherings taking place this weekend across the UK against the coronavirus pandemic restrictions after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown.
Members of the public gather in Glasgow Green as part of gatherings taking place this weekend across the UK against the coronavirus pandemic restrictions after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Police officers apprehend Piers Corbyn, Jeremy Corbyn's brother, during a demonstration against the coronavirus lockdown in Hyde Park on May 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The prime minister announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Police officers apprehend Piers Corbyn, Jeremy Corbyn's brother, during a demonstration against the coronavirus lockdown in Hyde Park on May 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The prime minister announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)
A woman puts on an anti-mandatory vaccination T-shirt at an anti-coronavirus lockdown demonstration in Hyde Park in London on May 16, 2020, following an easing of lockdown rules in England during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Fliers advertising 'mass gatherings' organised by the UK Freedom Movement to oppose the government lockdown measures and guidelines put in place to halt the spread of coronavirus in parks around the UK calling for attendees to bring a picnic and music have been circulating on social media. People are being asked to "think carefully" before visiting national parks and beaches on the first weekend since coronavirus lockdown measures were partially eased in England. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
A protester in Hyde Park in London after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
A woman holds a placard at an anti-coronavirus lockdown demonstration in Hyde Park in London on May 16, 2020, following an easing of lockdown rules in England during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Fliers advertising 'mass gatherings' organised by the UK Freedom Movement to oppose the government lockdown measures and guidelines put in place to halt the spread of coronavirus in parks around the UK calling for attendees to bring a picnic and music have been circulating on social media. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman is arrested by police officers at an anti-coronavirus lockdown demonstration in Hyde Park in London on May 16, 2020, following an easing of lockdown rules in England during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Fliers advertising 'mass gatherings' organised by the UK Freedom Movement to oppose the government lockdown measures and guidelines put in place to halt the spread of coronavirus in parks around the UK calling for attendees to bring a picnic and music have been circulating on social media. People are being asked to "think carefully" before visiting national parks and beaches on the first weekend since coronavirus lockdown measures were partially eased in England. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
A man screams 'freedom' at an anti-coronavirus lockdown demonstration in Hyde Park in London on May 16, 2020, following an easing of lockdown rules in England during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Fliers advertising 'mass gatherings' organised by the UK Freedom Movement to oppose the government lockdown measures and guidelines put in place to halt the spread of coronavirus in parks around the UK calling for attendees to bring a picnic and music have been circulating on social media. People are being asked to "think carefully" before visiting national parks and beaches on the first weekend since coronavirus lockdown measures were partially eased in England. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman holds up a placard with anti-vaccination and anti-5G messages at an anti-coronavirus lockdown demonstration in Hyde Park in London on May 16, 2020, following an easing of lockdown rules in England during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Fliers advertising 'mass gatherings' organised by the UK Freedom Movement to oppose the government lockdown measures and guidelines put in place to halt the spread of coronavirus in parks around the UK calling for attendees to bring a picnic and music have been circulating on social media. People are being asked to "think carefully" before visiting national parks and beaches on the first weekend since coronavirus lockdown measures were partially eased in England. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman with baby holds a placard with anti-vaccination and anti-coronavirus lockdown messages during a demonstration in Hyde Park in London on May 16, 2020, following an easing of lockdown rules in England during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Fliers advertising 'mass gatherings' organised by the UK Freedom Movement to oppose the government lockdown measures and guidelines put in place to halt the spread of coronavirus in parks around the UK calling for attendees to bring a picnic and music have been circulating on social media. People are being asked to "think carefully" before visiting national parks and beaches on the first weekend since coronavirus lockdown measures were partially eased in England. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Piers Corbyn (C - grey top), brother of former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, is led away by police officers into a police van at an anti-coronavirus lockdown demonstration in Hyde Park in London on May 16, 2020, following an easing of lockdown rules in England during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Fliers advertising 'mass gatherings' organised by the UK Freedom Movement to oppose the government lockdown measures and guidelines put in place to halt the spread of coronavirus in parks around the UK calling for attendees to bring a picnic and music have been circulating on social media. People are being asked to "think carefully" before visiting national parks and beaches on the first weekend since coronavirus lockdown measures were partially eased in England. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
A sign leaning against a bicycle bears an anti-vaccination message at an anti-coronavirus lockdown demonstration in Hyde Park in London on May 16, 2020, following an easing of lockdown rules in England during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Fliers advertising 'mass gatherings' organised by the UK Freedom Movement to oppose the government lockdown measures and guidelines put in place to halt the spread of coronavirus in parks around the UK calling for attendees to bring a picnic and music have been circulating on social media. People are being asked to "think carefully" before visiting national parks and beaches on the first weekend since coronavirus lockdown measures were partially eased in England. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Police take details as a man holding a placard that reads "love conquers fear" attends an anti-coronavirus lockdown demonstration in Hyde Park in London on May 16, 2020, following an easing of lockdown rules in England during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Fliers advertising 'mass gatherings' organised by the UK Freedom Movement to oppose the government lockdown measures and guidelines put in place to halt the spread of coronavirus in parks around the UK calling for attendees to bring a picnic and music have been circulating on social media. People are being asked to "think carefully" before visiting national parks and beaches on the first weekend since coronavirus lockdown measures were partially eased in England. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
A man wearing a T-Shirt with an anti-China message on it films an anti-coronavirus lockdown demonstration in Hyde Park in London on May 16, 2020, following an easing of lockdown rules in England during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Fliers advertising 'mass gatherings' organised by the UK Freedom Movement to oppose the government lockdown measures and guidelines put in place to halt the spread of coronavirus in parks around the UK calling for attendees to bring a picnic and music have been circulating on social media. People are being asked to "think carefully" before visiting national parks and beaches on the first weekend since coronavirus lockdown measures were partially eased in England. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Police in Hyde Park in London in the event of protesters gathering in breach of lockdown rules after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
A man is arrested by police as media with cameras and smartphones surround at an anti-coronavirus lockdown demonstration in Hyde Park in London on May 16, 2020, following an easing of lockdown rules in England during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Fliers advertising 'mass gatherings' organised by the UK Freedom Movement to oppose the government lockdown measures and guidelines put in place to halt the spread of coronavirus in parks around the UK calling for attendees to bring a picnic and music have been circulating on social media. People are being asked to "think carefully" before visiting national parks and beaches on the first weekend since coronavirus lockdown measures were partially eased in England. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
A man holds a sign against vaccination at an anti-coronavirus lockdown demonstration in Hyde Park in London on May 16, 2020, following an easing of lockdown rules in England during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Fliers advertising 'mass gatherings' organised by the UK Freedom Movement to oppose the government lockdown measures and guidelines put in place to halt the spread of coronavirus in parks around the UK calling for attendees to bring a picnic and music have been circulating on social media. People are being asked to "think carefully" before visiting national parks and beaches on the first weekend since coronavirus lockdown measures were partially eased in England. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
A man is moved on by police during a mass gathering protest organised by the group called 'UK Freedom Movement', in Hyde Park in London as the country is in lockdown to help stop the spread of coronavirus, Saturday, May 16, 2020. The group claims that the coronavirus lockdown is illegal. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Police officers apprehend a protester as people demonstrate against the coronavirus lockdown in Hyde Park on May 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The prime minister announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Police officers apprehend a protester as people demonstrate against the coronavirus lockdown in Hyde Park on May 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The prime minister announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Police officers apprehend a protester as people demonstrate against the coronavirus lockdown in Hyde Park on May 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The prime minister announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)
Police officers struggle to detain a man who refused to disperse from Hyde Park in London on May 16, 2020, following an easing of lockdown rules in England during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - People are being asked to "think carefully" before visiting national parks and beaches on the first weekend since coronavirus lockdown measures were partially eased in England. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Police officers disperse people who are gathered in Hyde Park in London on May 16, 2020, following an easing of lockdown rules in England during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - People are being asked to "think carefully" before visiting national parks and beaches on the first weekend since coronavirus lockdown measures were partially eased in England. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Conspiracy theorists gather at Hyde Park Corner to defy the emergency legislation and protest their claim that the Coronavirus pandemic is part of a secret conspiracy on May 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The prime minister has announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Conspiracy theorists gather at Hyde Park Corner to defy the emergency legislation and protest their claim that the Coronavirus pandemic is part of a secret conspiracy on May 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The prime minister has announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Police speak to a protestor as conspiracy theorists gather at Hyde Park Corner to defy the emergency legislation and protest their claim that the Coronavirus pandemic is part of a secret conspiracy on May 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The prime minister has announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty images)
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Piers Corbyn was taken away after showing up with a megaphone and proclaiming 5G and the coronavirus pandemic were linked, calling it a "pack of lies to brainwash you and keep you in order".

He also said "vaccination is not necessary" and that "5G towers will be installed everywhere", adding: "5G enhances anyone who's got illness from Covid, so they work together."

The astrophysicist was taken away after declining to leave when asked by a police officer and declining to give his details when asked.

A flyer advertising the protest called for "no to mandatory vaccines, no to the new normal, and no to the unlawful lockdown".

David Samson, 50, who said he works in finance, told the PA news agency he came because "I never thought I'd see in my generation the suppressing of civil rights" over a "fake virus".

"This is nothing compared to what's coming," he said.

There was a large round of boos whenever protesters were arrested and repeated shouts of "jail Bill Gates".

Another demonstrator, 62-year-old Catherine Harvey, said she was defying the rules to highlight the "devastation this lockdown has caused".

The shop owner said: "Developing countries will have no trade, no tourism. I have had to close my shop on Columbia Road Flower Market.

"The effects of the lockdown are far, far worse than the virus – mental health, domestic violence, shops are closed, theatres, cinemas, restaurants. It's unnecessary."

Scotland Yard said that as of 2pm on Saturday, six people were arrested in the Hyde Park area.

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A separate protest in Southampton saw around a dozen protesters gather on Southampton Common, holding placards saying "Stop the Lies", "Say no to tyranny" and "Fight 4 Freedom".

One protester, Dee, who did not wish to give her surname, said her job in the hair and beauty industry had been hit by the crisis.

She told PA: "I am here because I am worried about civil liberties being taken away.

"Reading the coronavirus act that has gone through Parliament, it seems there are changes being made which infringe our freedom.

"And I am worried the media has run away with the Covid-19 thing and blown it all out of proportion."

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