Anti-vax protestors including Piers Corbyn have been forcibly removed from an event led by Sadiq Khan in North London tonight.
So far at least two protestors have been removed from the People’s Question Time event in Camden, which has seen the Mayor of London and the London Assembly face questions from Londoners on the key issues facing the capital.
Tuesday evening (November 23) was the first time the event has been held since the pandemic began.
A group of “quite a few” protestors turned up chanting slogans about Covid-19 “being a hoax”.
People in the audience said it was “intimidating”.
My London’s City Hall Editor, Josiah Mortimer, watched as Piers Corbyn was the first protestor to be forcibly removed from the event.
Mr Mortimer tweeted: “Some of these protesters were *really* aggressive. One admitted to grabbing a security guard by the neck.
“Other protesters just chanted anti-vax slogans about Covid being a ‘hoax’. Calm returned after about 6 minutes of chaos.”
Following Piers Corbyn’s removal, another protestor was forcibly removed from the event.
“Good god. ANOTHER protester has just been removed from Sadiq’s People’s Question Time event in Camden – this time chanting ‘ULEZ is a tax on the poor’,” wrote Mr Mortimer.
Speaking at the event, Sadiq Khan said: “More than 20,000 Londoners have lost their lives because of this virus.
“Our heroic nurses, social care workers, doctors, bus drivers, shop workers – they’ve worked around the clock to keep our city running. I’m not going to be lectured by people like that about this being a ‘hoax’.”
(Image: Josiah Mortimer)
Videos from the event show the chaos that erupted from the protestors. One video shows Piers Corbyn being removed.
Dominic Lee, from Sydenham, who was in the audience at People’s Question Time tonight, said: “I though [the protestors] were awful, very intimidating…I could tell from the off they had something planned as they kept moving in their seats and looking around.”
This twice yearly event gives Londoners the chance to question the Mayor and London Assembly Members about their plans and priorities for the city, including London’s economic recovery, transport, air quality, the environment, housing and policing and safety.
The event was chaired by Anne Clarke AM, Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden.