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Anti-lockdown protesters gather in London dismissing coronavirus pandemic as hoax

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Many demanded an end to masks and social distancing as they marched through London’s Whitehall yesterday.

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers attended and TV sports presenter-turned conspiracy theorist David Icke addressed crowds at Trafalgar Square.

Environmental activists Extinction Rebellion also took to the streets, staging roadblocks, marches, sit-ins, bike rides and picnics across the UK, including Brighton yesterday.

The group is planning a march examining Manchester’s link with slavery and colonialism today and will target banks tomorrow over fossil fuel investment.

It will also restart demonstrations in London, Cardiff and Manchester on Tuesday.

Activists aim to blockade Parliament to stop MPs returning after the summer recess until they agree to debate their demands.

Meanwhile police in Berlin broke up a 18,000-strong demo when marchers failed to observe Covid rules.

Police said there were pockets of disturbances after the protest with roads blocked and skips set alight.

Demonstrations also took place in Paris and Copenhagen.

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