Demonstration calling for a mass rally at War Memorial Park

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An alleged “free movement” event allegedly organized to protest the coronavirus measures did not take place at War Memorial Park in Coventry today.

Leaflets circulating in line described the demonstration as “the largest mass gathering since the lockdown”.

The leaflets advertised the “unified peaceful mass rally” as a way to say no to the lockdown, mandatory vaccines and the coronavirus bill.

However, there were no signs of a large rally or police presence at noon today (Saturday May 16), the announced start time of the event.



The car park reopened at War Memorial Park on Saturday May 16

The flyer also called for a rally at Lake View Park, where no such events were reported.

Hundreds of people have visited the park today, where the car parks have been reopened, but family outings and exercise have been the main activities planned.

The leaflets claimed that the demonstration was organized by the UK Freedom of Movement Group.

But several groups have now denied responsibility for the event, which anti-racism activists say was also to take place in other parts of the country.

In Edinburgh, around 15 protesters gathered at Holyrood Park. It is not yet clear whether any of the protesters were fined or arrested during the event.

Fight against racism Coventry contacted CoventryLive before the event with a press release setting out its concerns. The group said the event was hosted by the UK Freedom of Movement, which it described as a “far-right anti-Vaxxing group” whose registered director is Jayda Fransen, former deputy chief of Britain First.



Jayda Fransen (stock image)

The anti-racism group said: “The call for these protests comes after it has emerged in recent weeks that there is an active presence of known far-right and fascist groups seeking to exploit the unstable political context of the coronavirus crisis to gain influence for their toxic ideas. “

Fight against racism Coventry is also campaigning to prolong the lockout, saying that lifting it too early will disproportionately affect black and minority ethnic communities.

Ms. Fransen of the British Freedom Movement denied involvement and pointed to another right winger, Richard Inmam, a supporter of Tommy Robinson.

She said: “I condemn the irresponsible actions of Mr. Inman and his UK Freedom Movement. “

In turn, Mr. Inmam denied that his group was involved and said, “We will not participate in or promote these events, and we want to clarify that we are not associated with the group hosting these events. “

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