Protesters at a central London demonstration against lockdowns were seen wearing the yellow Star of David last weekend, despite being repeatedly urged against offensively abusing the memory of six million murdered Jews in the Holocaust.
Thousands descended on central London for the anti-lockdown rally on Saturday, at which some protesters were seen proudly wearing the Nazi-era symbol.
One picture of the rally showed a young man in a red baseball jacket with a yellow star, which read, “Unvaccinated.”
Another, taken of a woman with dyed blue hair, also appeared to show her wearing a yellow star with an anti-lockdown slogan.
The Auschwitz Museum has previously labelled those wearing yellow stars at protests symptoms of “moral and intellectual decline.”
Communal figures have also called for an end to the abuse of Holocaust imagery by anti-vaccine demonstrators.
“This wilful abuse of this episode of history is crass and beyond insulting to Holocaust survivors and their families,” said Karen Pollock, CEO of the Holocaust Education Trust in April, after protesters were pictured wearing yellow stars at a similar rally.
Three people were arrested during Saturday’s protests, said the Met, which also saw hundreds of tennis balls launched at the Houses of Parliament.
One of those was for breach of the peace, assault on police and an individual being wanted for a previous assault.
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