Published: 12:56 EDT, 11 October 2020 | Updated: 15:59 EDT, 11 October 2020
Piers Corbyn has addressed crowds at a protest against masks, vaccinations and 5G outside Welsh Parliament.
The brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn addressed dozens gathered on the steps of Welsh Parliament in Cardiff on Sunday.
Mr Corbyn, 73, wielded a microphone in front of a large banner declaring ‘End all Covid Vax’ and ‘Take down 5G’.
Several dozen people appeared to be attending the anti-lockdown rally, according to images of the protest.
The crowds, who were not wearing face masks, brandished banners and placards reading ‘Covid is a hoax’, ‘Freedom from tyranny’ and ‘Free your face’.
Piers Corbyn, 73, addressed crowds at a protest against masks, vaccinations and 5G outside Welsh Parliament, Senedd Cymru, on Sunday
The brother of former labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wielded a microphone in front of a large banner declaring ‘End all Covid Vax’ and ‘Take down 5G’
One demonstrator grinned while brandishing a cardboard sign reading ‘Covid is a hoax’ during the protest against masks, vaccinations and 5G in Cardiff
Pictures show several dozen people appearing to attend the anti-lockdown protest at Cardiff Bay on Sunday
It comes after the weather forecaster told his 38,000 Twitter followers on Saturday that police warned him that he could be arrested if he travelled to locked-down Cardiff.
South Wales Police told MailOnline that three people had been ‘reported for summons’ over the rally.
New coronavirus restrictions came into force in the Welsh capital on September 27 after a sharp rises of cases in the area.
People are not allowed to enter or leave the Cardiff council area without a reasonable excuse, according to the government website.
Residents are also restricted from meeting indoors with anyone who is not part of their household or form an extended ‘bubble’ without a good reason.
The government regulations allow up to a maximum of 30 people to meet outdoors, but they must all live in the Cardiff council area and social distancing must be adhered to.
South Wales Police said that two men and a woman who attended the rally have been ‘reported for summons for breaching Covid-19 restrictions by entering Cardiff without reasonable excuse’.
The weather forecaster told his 38,000 Twitter followers on Saturday that police warned him that he could be arrested if he travelled to Cardiff, which is under lockdown measures
Mr Corbyn has recently addressed several rallies similar to Sunday’s Cardiff protest (above) in recent weeks, including joining crowds at a large protest in Trafalgar Square, London
South Wales Police said that two men and a woman have been ‘reported for summons for breaching Covid-19 restrictions by entering Cardiff without reasonable excuse’
A South Wales Police spokesperson added: ‘South Wales Police was made aware of a planned protest relating to the current Covid-19 regulations by Stand Up X Anti Lockdown Movement.
‘Officers worked to engage with protest organisers and attendees in order to remind them of their obligations under the current Coronavirus legislation, and the overarching goal for everyone to take personal responsibility by following Welsh Government regulations to Keep Wales Safe.
‘We are duty-bound to take into account all relevant legislation, and South Wales Police has strived to maintain a consistent policing style of engaging, explaining and encouraging, and enforcing as last resort where necessary, throughout this public health emergency.
‘Two men and a woman who attended today’s event have been reported for summons for breaching Covid-19 restrictions by entering Cardiff without reasonable excuse.
‘It is unacceptable and extremely disappointing that people have flouted the rules by travelling into Cardiff and gathering in large numbers.
‘Enquiries are continuing and further action against other individuals is anticipated once all evidence has been considered.’
New coronavirus restrictions came into force in the Welsh capital on September 27 after a sharp rises of cases in the area
Welsh government guidance allows up to a maximum of 30 people to meet outdoors, but they must all live in the Cardiff council area and adhere to social distancing
Crowds of demonstrators brandished placards, some of which read ‘Covid is a hoax’, ‘Say no to the tyranny’ and ‘Free your face’
Mr Corbyn has recently addressed several similar rallies and was charged under coronavirus legislation over a pre-planned illegal gathering in Sheffield city centre last month.
The conspiracy theorist has appeared at rallies in numerous cities across recent weeks, including in Nottingham, Oxford and London.
Attendees of the ‘We Do Not Consent’ rally ditched their masks as they crammed into the London square, despite Metropolitan Police pleading with people to stick to Britain’s coronavirus rules.
Sixteen people were arrested during the demonstration – which later moved to Hyde Park – and nine police officers were injured with two rushed to hospital.
Mr Corbyn was among the crowd alongside 68-year-old conspiracy theorist David Icke, who has made a series of false claims linking Covid-19 to 5G technology.
In a statement, Scotland Yard said the breach had ‘put people in danger of transmitting the virus’ which voided their risk assessment and left those at the event ‘no longer exempt’ from Covid-19 restrictions.
Demonstrators, who were not wearing face masks, held banners and placards as they gathered on the steps of Welsh Parliament
Crowds gathered on the steps of Welsh Parliament, Senedd Cymru, in Cardiff Bay, Wales, on Sunday during an anti-lockdown protest
Officers were reportedly seen speaking to demonstrators during the gathering outside Senedd Cymru at Cardiff Bay
Skirmishes broke out between protesters and police later in the day, with those in attendance chanting ‘shame on you’ – shoving at officers as they passed through the crammed crowd.
The meteorologist was also handed the first £10,000 fine in London for an illegal gathering in August after he organised a march claiming coronavirus is a hoax.
He led more than 10,000 anti-lockdown protesters at the ‘Unite for Freedom’ rally in Trafalgar Square on August 29.
He was among eight other offenders who were fined across the rest of England under the lockdown measures at that time, designed to stop gatherings of more than 30 people.
The arrest of Mr Corbyn in Trafalgar Square was the third time the divisive anti-lockdown campaigner has been arrested since the pandemic started. He was carted out of Hyde Park by officers on May 16 and May 30.
Mr Corbyn has previously made unfounded links between the 5G and Covid-19, calling the pandemic a ‘pack of lies to brainwash you and keep you in order’.
A woman held a placard reading ‘violation of freewill, you do not own us!’ during the anti-lockdown protest in locked-down Cardiff, which Mr Corbyn also attended
A man held a microphone and spoke to crowds attending the protest against masks, vaccinations and 5G in Cardiff on Sunday
Protesters held banners saying ‘herd immunity needed’ during an anti-lockdown protest, which took place at Cardiff Bay on Sunday
There is no evidence linking the super-fast internet technology and coronavirus, with scientists fearing that a rise in measles among children can be attributed in part to unfounded fears about vaccines.
Conspiracy theorists have made baseless claims that the burgeoning 5G internet network is behind the coronavirus outbreak.
They have claimed that towers could emit dangerous radiation in a misinformation campaign that has seen some towers vandalised and set on fire.
Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious disease and have virtually eradicated smallpox, polio and tetanus in the UK, according to the NHS.
But if people stop getting vaccinated then diseases can quickly spread again, the health service said.
There is no evidence that vaccines cause autism, allergies or other conditions, weaken the immune system in any way, or contain harmful ingredients.
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