Piers Corbyn fined £10k for organising anti-lockdown demo featuring David Icke
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Piers Corbyn fined £10k for organising anti-lockdown demo featuring David Icke

Brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn hailed the anti-lockdown protest in central London an “epic success”.

Piers Corbyn (2nd left) the brother of former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, speaking at a Stop New Normal protest at Portobello Green in London.
Piers Corbyn (2nd left) the brother of former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, speaking at a Stop New Normal protest at Portobello Green in London.

Piers Corbyn said he has been slapped with a £10,000 fine under newly-introduced coronavirus laws for organising an anti-lockdown protest in London.

The brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was among those to attend the Unite for Freedom protest on Saturday, which was held in Trafalgar Square.

He joined conspiracy theorist David Icke, who believes the world is run by giant shape-shifting reptiles and is banned from Australia for Holocaust denial.

He also believes Israel is using the pandemic to “test its technology”.

David Icke at the protest. Picture: Twitter

Corbyn, 73, a climate change denier who set up controversial weather forecasting business Weather Action, confirmed the fine and the arrest to the PA news agency. “We’re going to refuse to pay and appeal the process,” he said.

In a tweet to his more than 31,000 followers, Mr Corbyn called the demonstration an “epic success”.

Under new changes to regulations, those attending a gathering of more than 30 people may be committing a criminal offence.

Hundreds of protesters, some of whom displayed anti-mask and anti-vaccination placards, gathered in Trafalgar Square on Saturday afternoon.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police handed out letters explaining the newly-introduced legislation to demonstrators as they marched down Whitehall.

On Saturday, the Metropolitan Police said a 73-year-old man was arrested in Trafalgar Square at 3.25pm on suspicion of breaking the new Health Protection Regulations 2020.

He was informed on Sunday that a fixed penalty notice would be issued for £10,000 for the offence of holding a gathering of more than 30 people in an outdoor place, according to the force.

He has been released from custody, police added.

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