Thousands of anti-lockdown activists march through central London

Thousands of anti-lockdown activists are marching through central London in a ‘Unite for Freedom’ protest to demand a ban on vaccine passports.

Demonstrators made their way through the capital earlier today as they waved banners and placards daubed with a range of slogans including ‘no new normal’ and ‘no health passport’.

The protestors did not appear to be adhering to social distancing guidelines are were not wearing face masks.  

It comes after Britain’s equalities watchdog warned the Government that vaccine passports could be unlawful, create a ‘two-tier society’ and discriminate against migrants, ethnic minorities and the poor.

Thousands of anti-lockdown activists are marching through central London in a 'Unite for Freedom' protest to demand a ban on vaccine passports

Thousands of anti-lockdown activists are marching through central London in a 'Unite for Freedom' protest to demand a ban on vaccine passports

Thousands of anti-lockdown activists are marching through central London in a ‘Unite for Freedom’ protest to demand a ban on vaccine passports

Demonstrators made their way through the capital earlier today as they waved banners and placards daubed with a range of slogans including 'no new normal' and 'no health passport'

Demonstrators made their way through the capital earlier today as they waved banners and placards daubed with a range of slogans including 'no new normal' and 'no health passport'

Demonstrators made their way through the capital earlier today as they waved banners and placards daubed with a range of slogans including ‘no new normal’ and ‘no health passport’

The anti-lockdown activists made their way through central London in their thousands as part of a 'Unite for Freedom' protest

The anti-lockdown activists made their way through central London in their thousands as part of a 'Unite for Freedom' protest

The anti-lockdown activists made their way through central London in their thousands as part of a ‘Unite for Freedom’ protest

The supporters of the movement are protesting against new COVID-19 measures including what they call 'coerced vaccinations'

The supporters of the movement are protesting against new COVID-19 measures including what they call 'coerced vaccinations'

The supporters of the movement are protesting against new COVID-19 measures including what they call ‘coerced vaccinations’

Demonstrators made their way through the capital earlier today as they waved banners and placards daubed with a range of slogans including 'no new normal' and 'no health passport'

Demonstrators made their way through the capital earlier today as they waved banners and placards daubed with a range of slogans including 'no new normal' and 'no health passport'

Demonstrators made their way through the capital earlier today as they waved banners and placards daubed with a range of slogans including ‘no new normal’ and ‘no health passport’

The Metropolitan Police have said they are aware of plans for a large-scale protest and have increased officer numbers accordingly as protestors made their way through the capital

The Metropolitan Police have said they are aware of plans for a large-scale protest and have increased officer numbers accordingly as protestors made their way through the capital

The Metropolitan Police have said they are aware of plans for a large-scale protest and have increased officer numbers accordingly as protestors made their way through the capital 

The protestors did not appear to be adhering to social distancing guidelines are were not wearing face masks

The protestors did not appear to be adhering to social distancing guidelines are were not wearing face masks

The protestors did not appear to be adhering to social distancing guidelines are were not wearing face masks

Demonstrators made their way through the capital earlier today as they waved banners and placards daubed with a range of slogans including one that read: 'No to vaccine passports'

Demonstrators made their way through the capital earlier today as they waved banners and placards daubed with a range of slogans including one that read: 'No to vaccine passports'

Demonstrators made their way through the capital earlier today as they waved banners and placards daubed with a range of slogans including one that read: ‘No to vaccine passports’

The supporters of the movement are protesting against new COVID-19 measures including what they call ‘coerced vaccinations’.

The Metropolitan Police took to Twitter with a series of posts that read: ‘We have a policing operation in central London today as a result of a number of demonstrations. 

‘Anyone coming into London for a protest must make sure their gathering is lawful, with a risk assessment carried out by the organiser. See below our open letter on public gatherings… 

‘Officers are on site and are engaging with those taking part.’ 

London Mayor candidate Piers Corbyn, brother of former Labour leader Jeremy, was also seen taking part in a protest march through central London

London Mayor candidate Piers Corbyn, brother of former Labour leader Jeremy, was also seen taking part in a protest march through central London

London Mayor candidate Piers Corbyn, brother of former Labour leader Jeremy, was also seen taking part in a protest march through central London

Crowds gathered in London earlier today in the 'Unite For Freedom' protest as one man carried a sign that read: 'Unmasked, unmuzzled, unvaccinated, unafraid'

Crowds gathered in London earlier today in the 'Unite For Freedom' protest as one man carried a sign that read: 'Unmasked, unmuzzled, unvaccinated, unafraid'

Crowds gathered in London earlier today in the ‘Unite For Freedom’ protest as one man carried a sign that read: ‘Unmasked, unmuzzled, unvaccinated, unafraid’

The supporters of the movement are protesting against new covid-19 measures including what they call 'coerced vaccinations'

The supporters of the movement are protesting against new covid-19 measures including what they call 'coerced vaccinations'

The supporters of the movement are protesting against new covid-19 measures including what they call ‘coerced vaccinations’

The Metropolitan Police took to Twitter to confirm that officers were on the scene and 'engaging with those taking part'

The Metropolitan Police took to Twitter to confirm that officers were on the scene and 'engaging with those taking part'

The Metropolitan Police took to Twitter to confirm that officers were on the scene and ‘engaging with those taking part’

One protestor wearing a costume who was taking part in the 'Unite for Freedom' protest held a sign that read: 'Wrong is wrong no matter if everyone is doing it. Right is right no matter if no one is doing it'

One protestor wearing a costume who was taking part in the 'Unite for Freedom' protest held a sign that read: 'Wrong is wrong no matter if everyone is doing it. Right is right no matter if no one is doing it'

One protestor wearing a costume who was taking part in the ‘Unite for Freedom’ protest held a sign that read: ‘Wrong is wrong no matter if everyone is doing it. Right is right no matter if no one is doing it’

The protest is in response to 'Covid-status certificates' being considered by ministers to help open up society, get people back into work or away on holiday despite concerns from Boris Johnson's own MPs that they will be 'intrusive, costly and unnecessary'

The protest is in response to 'Covid-status certificates' being considered by ministers to help open up society, get people back into work or away on holiday despite concerns from Boris Johnson's own MPs that they will be 'intrusive, costly and unnecessary'

The protest is in response to ‘Covid-status certificates’ being considered by ministers to help open up society, get people back into work or away on holiday despite concerns from Boris Johnson’s own MPs that they will be ‘intrusive, costly and unnecessary’

The protest is in response to ‘Covid-status certificates’ being considered by ministers to help open up society, get people back into work or away on holiday despite concerns from Boris Johnson’s own MPs that they will be ‘intrusive, costly and unnecessary’.

Recent polling has found the majority of Britons back their use – especially for foreign holidays – but there are wider concerns that they could be used in every facet of life including to get on public transport, into shops, pubs and restaurants. 

Earlier this month, the Equality and Human Rights Commission piled pressure on the PM and told the Cabinet Office that while they are a ‘proportionate’ way of easing restrictions, they could also exclude people from everyday life.

One demonstrator dressed in camouflage did not show their face as they took part in the anti-lockdown 'Unite for Freedom' protest in London earlier today

One demonstrator dressed in camouflage did not show their face as they took part in the anti-lockdown 'Unite for Freedom' protest in London earlier today

One demonstrator dressed in camouflage did not show their face as they took part in the anti-lockdown ‘Unite for Freedom’ protest in London earlier today

Thousands of anti-lockdown activists are marching through central London in a 'Unite for Freedom' protest to demand a ban on vaccine passports

Thousands of anti-lockdown activists are marching through central London in a 'Unite for Freedom' protest to demand a ban on vaccine passports

Thousands of anti-lockdown activists are marching through central London in a ‘Unite for Freedom’ protest to demand a ban on vaccine passports

The protestors, some of whom set off smoke flares, did not appear to be adhering to social distancing guidelines are were not wearing face masks

The protestors, some of whom set off smoke flares, did not appear to be adhering to social distancing guidelines are were not wearing face masks

The protestors, some of whom set off smoke flares, did not appear to be adhering to social distancing guidelines are were not wearing face masks

Demonstrators made their way through the capital earlier today as they waved banners and placards daubed with a range of slogans including 'no new normal' and 'no health passport'

Demonstrators made their way through the capital earlier today as they waved banners and placards daubed with a range of slogans including 'no new normal' and 'no health passport'

 Demonstrators made their way through the capital earlier today as they waved banners and placards daubed with a range of slogans including ‘no new normal’ and ‘no health passport’

One woman walking among the crowds in London held two sheets of A4 paper that read: 'All I wanna say is... they don't really care about us'

One woman walking among the crowds in London held two sheets of A4 paper that read: 'All I wanna say is... they don't really care about us'

One woman walking among the crowds in London held two sheets of A4 paper that read: ‘All I wanna say is… they don’t really care about us’

One protestor attending the demonstration in the capital held a sign that read: 'We are in the middle of a mass hypnosis'

One protestor attending the demonstration in the capital held a sign that read: 'We are in the middle of a mass hypnosis'

One protestor attending the demonstration in the capital held a sign that read: ‘We are in the middle of a mass hypnosis’

And they warned that a ‘no jab, no job’ policy could be illegal before the entire population is offered a jab, while plans to force all care workers to be vaccinated could also be subject to a legal challenge.

The EHRC’s submission, seen by the Guardian, says they could cause ‘indirect discrimination’, citing recent migrants to the UK, people from black and minority ethnic groups or those from poorer backgrounds.

‘There is a risk of unlawful discrimination if decisions taken in this process disadvantage people with protected characteristics who have not received, or are not able to receive, the vaccine, unless they can be shown to be justified,’ it said.

Lockdown restrictions in England began easing on April 12 which allowed pubs and restaurants to reopen outdoor seating areas. 

The move also paved the way for retail, gyms and beauty salons to reopen. 

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