Anti-lockdown protestors forced off Shepherd’s Bush Green

Dozens of anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination protesters have been forced off Shepherd’s Bush Green after a camp appeared over two weeks ago. About 20 tents had been occupying the Green in defiance against Covid restrictions.

On June 14 the High Court approved a possession order by Hammersmith and Fulham Council, following an appeal by the protesters against an initial court order the previous week. A council spokesperson said Metropolitan Police officers and bailiffs removed the tents on Tuesday 15 June:

Infection rates in London have been steadily rising with the Delta variant accounting for the majority of new cases. In the seven days leading up to June 9, there were 5,725 new cases recorded in Greater London.

In Hammersmith and Fulham over the same period there were 174 new cases recorded, giving the borough an infection rate of 96 cases per 100,000 residents. With vaccines helping to protect the population, far fewer people are falling seriously ill and dying than in previous months.

Hammersmith & Fulham’s Council Leader Stephen Cowan wrote in the authority’s weekly newsletter that some of the protesters had been harassing residents. He said:

“I never want to give any publicity to anti-vaxxers, but those currently camping out on Shepherds Bush Green handing out dangerously misleading leaflets, and in some cases harassing residents, are a public health risk. We have raised our concerns with the police and are pursuing all legal avenues for the anti-vaxxers’ removal.”

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