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Anti-Vaxxers Tried To 'Gridlock' London By Pressing All Pedestrian Crossing Buttons

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Anti-Vaxxers Tried To 'Gridlock' London By Pressing All Pedestrian Crossing Buttons

Anti-vaccine protestors tried to 'gridlock' London on Monday (6 September) by encouraging people to press all of the pedestrian crossing buttons simultaneously.

The group - which described itself as 'against tyrrany [sic], genocide, vaccine passports [and] injecting children' - was set up on Facebook under the name 'Push Those Buttons'.

It told supporters to press the buttons between 7am and 10am in a bid to lock down the capital city.

Unfortunately (for the anti-vaxxers), most of the pedestrian crossings in London are actually automated, meaning the buttons have no influence on when the traffic stops.

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According to Vice, a description in the private group addressed to 'fellow button pushers' said that the organisers wanted to 'bring London to a total standstill and remind this government that NOTHING moves or happens in this country unless the people agree to it'.

The message went on to say: "If we all commit to this project, London will be gridlocked.

"You can do this right where you live, it only needs your commitment and your finger!"

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There are over 3,600 members in the group and, despite it not being clear how many people took part, the traffic in London was not impacted.

This comes after more protesters took to the streets of central London last week (Friday 3 September) resulting in five police officers being injured and 10 people getting arrested.

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According to the Metropolitan Police, a number of protesters had 'become violent' towards police during action in the capital.

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In a tweet sharing footage of the protests, Scotland Yard said: "These ugly scenes are not why police officers come into work. This level of violence is totally unacceptable and it will not be tolerated.

"Five officers were injured while policing a protest group in Canary Wharf and at South Kensington.

"Crowds quickly became hostile when they reached a building in Canary Wharf.

"Officers moved in to prevent those protesting from gaining entry.

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"As you can see, officers were faced with shocking scenes of violence. With units being pushed and shoved."

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The force said crowds had continued to clash with police after moving to South Kensington, adding: "Throughout the day, our officers worked hard to de-escalate any conflict."

The force said: "Ten people were arrested during the course of this police operation. Those suspects are in police custody."

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Earlier in the day, a group of anti-vaccine protesters tried to storm the headquarters of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in central London.

The MHRA is the Government body responsible for approving the coronavirus vaccines.

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Topics: UK News, News, UK

Rebecca Shepherd
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