The revolt against lockdown

On the first day of lockdown, students in Manchester and protesters in London have started the fightback.

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Topics Covid-19 Politics UK

Just one day into the new lockdown and public resistance to the oppressive measures is already stirring.

On Thursday night, Manchester University students tore down fences put up around their accommodation block.

The university’s absurd and outrageous decision to erect the seven-foot-high fencing was described by one student as making it ‘feel like we’re in a prison’.

University president and vice-chancellor Nancy Rothwell claimed the fences were not aimed at students but were there due to concerns about ‘access by people who are not residents’. But when students have already been cooped up in their rooms under absurd quarantine rules, it’s hardly surprising the lockdown fence pushed them over the edge.

The same evening in London, undeterred by police, hundreds of protesters marched in opposition to lockdown and in defence of their freedoms.

There were some violent scenes, and over 100 people were arrested – most of them for breaches of coronavirus regulations.

Any hope the government had that the second national lockdown would be as easily enforced as the first has been destroyed.

Fewer and fewer people are convinced by the pro-lockdown narrative. More and more are questioning these authoritarian and unnecessary Covid measures, and are taking action against them.

Much as lockdown’s supporters have tried to suppress it, popular discontent has been bubbling up to the surface for some time. Now, it is beginning to boil over.

Picture by: Getty.

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