Anti-vax campaigner Piers Corbyn has been arrested on suspicion of encouraging people to attack MPs’ offices.
Mr Corbyn, 74, was arrested in south London in the early hours of this morning.
‘The arrest relates to a video posted online in which people were encouraged to burn down MPs’ offices,’ the force said.
The video shared on social media shows the brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn criticising politicians who voted for Covid restrictions.
In the video, Mr Corbyn says: ‘We have got to get a bit more physical. It means we have to take down these lying vaccinators and we got to take down these lying MPs and things.
‘We got to support and welcome all of those who have rebelled or voted against Boris, ie rebelled from the Tories or my brother and his mates – they voted against the measures yesterday, which is a step forward.
‘We have got to support all those and we’ve got to hammer to death those scum, those scum who have decided to go ahead with introducing new fascism.
‘You’ve got to get a list of them … and if your MP is one of them, go to their offices and, well, I would recommend burning them down, OK. But I can’t say that on air. I hope we’re not on air.’
The comments have been widely condemned, with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan calling them ‘despicable and dangerous’, and Home Secretary Priti Patel describing the video as ‘sickening’.
Ms Patel last night urged police to take ‘the strongest possible action’ against Mr Corbyn.
The conspiracy theorist – and brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – was filmed inciting the protesters to ‘burn down’ MPs offices – just weeks after Tory MP David Amess was stabbed to death in Southend-on-Sea.
Whitehall has been hit with several protests against vaccine passports this month including marches organised by the group Together Declaration. The events have repeatedly turned to violence.
Video emerged of Mr Corbyn addressing a mob after MPs voted in favour of introducing new Plan B restrictions to control Omicron last week.
Mr Corbyn told the crowd: ‘We’ve got to hammer to death those scum who have decided to go ahead with introducing new Fascism.
‘We have got to get a list of them – there’s lists of them on websites – and if your MP is one of them, go to their offices, and, well, I’d recommend burning them down, I would say, but I dare not say that on air. I hope I’m not on air.’
After the footage sparked fury on Twitter last night, Ms Patel tweeted: ‘The Piers Corbyn video is sickening. I back the police to take the strongest possible action against him.’
Broadcaster and Mail on Sunday columnist Piers Morgan said: ‘This is appalling. Piers Corbyn is inciting the murder of MPs. He should be arrested and jailed.’
Yesterday, Mr Corbyn joined thousands of anti-lockdown protesters who blocked streets and let off smoke bombs in London amid mounting fury over Boris Johnson’s Plan B Covid restrictions.
Home Secretary Priti Patel last night urged police to take ‘the strongest possible action’ against anti-vaxxer Piers Corbyn after he called on his supporters to kill MPs and ‘burn down’ their offices. Pictured: Mr Corbyn wears a shirt that says ‘Resist! Defy! Do not comply!’ and performs a fire-breathing stunt on Whitehall
Video emerged of Mr Corbyn addressing a mob after MPs voted in favour of introducing new Plan B restrictions to control Omicron last week. Mr Corbyn told the crowd: ‘We’ve got to hammer to death those scum who have decided to go ahead with introducing new Fascism’
After the footage sparked fury on Twitter last night, Ms Patel tweeted: ‘The Piers Corbyn video is sickening. I back the police to take the strongest possible action against him’
Police were involved in scuffles as some of the demonstrators tried to push through police lines
Anti vaccine protesters congregated in London’s Parliament Square, including this man who appears to be wearing a police hat
Anti-vaccination protestors climb railings in Whitehall, London as police watch on
The 74-year-old was even filmed attempting to breath fire by spraying a liquid out of his mouth to mixed success.
Corbyn is known for his attention seeking stunts at anti-vax events, and was last month involved in a flash mob of Covid deniers chanting ‘wearing a mask is like trying to keep a fart in your trousers’ on the Underground.
A handful of Met Police officers suffered ‘minor injuries’ while attempting to escort a police motorcyclist through Parliament Square at around 12.30pm on Saturday.
Video footage of the incident shows antagonistic protesters remonstrating with police.
As well as Plan B, the demonstrators are opposed to the possible introduction of vaccine passports and the future imposition of a more restrictive Plan C.
Later in the afternoon, at around 3pm, another crowd of protestors stopped on Regent Street where they began abusing people inside and hurling eggs at the property, police said.
Officers remain in the area to ‘monitor the situation’. No arrests have been made.
The group that organised the protest, Together Declaration, said: ‘We represent more than 200 organisations, business groups, campaigners and professionals who… are gravely concerned about where the introduction of vaccine passports could lead.’
Protests also took place in Bournemouth, Blackburn, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast and the Isle of Wight.
The Government’s Plan B measures include the mandatory wearing of masks at all indoor public venues such as cinemas, theatres and places of worship while entry to nightclubs or other large venues now requires a Covid pass proving double vaccination or a negative lateral flow test.
Anti-vaccination protestors let off flares as they demonstrate in Whitehall near Downing Street in London on Saturday
Hundreds of maskless demonstrators were armed with signs and placards dissuading others from taking the vaccine
Police watch on as hundreds of anti-vaccine protestors gathered to demonstrate against further curbs on our everyday lives
Demonstrators in Barcelona were pictured holding signs that read: ‘Europe do not give up against [sic] tyrany’
Demonstrators, most of whom were not wearing face masks, gathered to object to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions
Unmasked protestors were heard screaming ‘shame on you!’ and chanting ‘Freedom’ as they marched through Parliament Square this afternoon.
Others were pictured gathering in large crowds and armed with placards and signs that read ‘No to vaccine passports’.
Police reported minor injuries during scuffles with demonstrators on Saturday – after beer cans, flares and eggs were thrown at officers.
Yesterday, almost 100,000 people were confirmed in a laboratory to have contracted Covid-19. In London, more than 60 per cent of those testing positive were identified as having the Omicron Variant.
The demonstration was organised by the Together Declaration who said: ‘We represent more than 200 organisations, business groups, campaigners and professionals who have come together because we are gravely concerned about where the introduction of vaccine passports could lead.
‘In the UK, we enjoy many hard-won liberties and rights, all fought for and defended by our ancestors. These rights are not only fundamental to our understanding of democracy, they are rights we believe all humans should have.’
As well as vaccine passports, the group are opposed to digital ID cards.
The group said: ‘Being ordered to produce medical certification at pubs, clubs, theatres, on public transport, at schools, universities, or anywhere else, is unwarranted and risks deepening the inequalities already present within our society.’
Saturday’s demonstration was organised by the Together Declaration – who claimed to represent more than 200 organisations and businesses
Yesterday, almost 100,000 people were confirmed in a laboratory to have contracted Covid-19. In London, more than 60 per cent of those testing positive were identified as having the Omicron Variant
As well as Plan B, the demonstrators are opposed to the possible introduction of vaccine passports and the future imposition of a more restrictive Plan C
While demonstrators gathered around Westminster, Oxford Street was unusually quiet on the last Saturday before Christmas week.
Concerns over the soaring rates of Covid-19 driven by the spread of Omicron variant are keeping many shoppers away from central London on what is usually the busiest weekend of pre-Christmas trading.
While online sales are booming and retail parks that can be reached by car have been busy, city centres have seen a marked drop in footfall, according to trade groups including the British Retail Consortium.
Its chief executive Helen Dickinson said: ‘The rise of the Omicron variant, combined with the Government’s work-from-home advice, has resulted in fewer people visiting shops and high streets, particularly in large city centres.
‘There has already been a gargantuan effort to ensure that essential food and gifts are ready for the festive season, despite ongoing challenges in the supply chain.
‘We are confident it can be a great Christmas for consumers, and retailers are pulling out the stops to keep staff and customers as safe as possible during these difficult times.’
Outlets in London’s West End are unlikely to see a last-minute spending rush this weekend, according to the New West End Company, which represents retailers, restaurants and businesses in the area.
In Italy, hundreds of protestors attended a ‘No Green Pass’ rally in Turin (pictured) after The Democratic Party’s government introduced compulsory vaccine passes to enter all public and private workplaces
Maskless protestors, both young and old, chanted and waved the national flag in demonstrations against the ‘Green Pass’ in Turin
A protestor dressed as Santa Claus holds aloft a sign reading: ‘We are not lab mice, we are children’ outside a protest in Turin, Italy
On Thursday, the most recent data available, customer traffic around Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street dipped by seven percentage points from the previous week, and was 32 percentage points below the same day in 2019.
Scotland Yard told MailOnline: ‘Officers are deployed in central London to ensure a planned demonstration takes place safely and with minimal disruption to the general public.
‘We are aware of videos shared online showing a minor scuffle in Parliament Square. At around 12:30hrs, protestors attempted to stop a group of officers who were escorting a police motorcyclist through crowds that had occupied a road. Some officers suffered minor injuries but order was quickly restored.
‘Shortly before 15:00hrs, having made their way to Regent Street, a group of protestors stopped outside a shop and began directing abuse towards those inside.
‘Eggs were thrown at windows but no injuries were reported. Officers quickly intervened and calm was restored without further incident.
‘The demonstration has moved on and officers will continue to monitor it closely. At this stage, there have been no arrests.’
It comes as European nations also saw major protests on Saturday, with some opting for a return of draconian restrictions banning indoor mixing setting curfews for some non-essential retailers.
In Italy, hundreds of protestors attended a ‘No Green Pass’ rally in Turin after The Democratic Party’s government introduced compulsory vaccine passes to enter all public and private workplaces.
And Barcelona’s famous La Rambla road was filled with demonstrators on Saturday evening who held signs that read: ‘Europe do not give up against [sic] tyrany’.
The Netherlands is set to announce a new lockdown today with tough anti-Covid measures after the European Commission chief said everyone entering the EU should get PCR tests.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will introduce the measures during a press conference at 7pm alongside health minister Hugo de Jonge and Jaap van Dissel, head of the public health institute RIVM, reported broadcaster NOS.
The country introduced a partial lockdown on November 28, restricting social gatherings to 13 people and imposing a 5pm curfew on bars, restaurants, cinemas and sports venues. Essential shops such as supermarkets must close at 8pm.
Riots broke out in Rotterdam when the restrictions were first announced, with police opening fire on anti-lockdown protests against the restrictions.
Ministers met this morning with regional safety board bosses and are expected to finalise the new plans this afternoon.
Previously, the Dutch Government’s Outbreak Management Team advised the complete closure of non-essential stores alongside schools, gyms, cafes, museums and cinemas.
Although Covid cases dropped in the Netherlands after it imposed restrictions last month, only 1.5million people have received a booster jab after it became one of the last countries in Europe to launch its drive.
Meanwhile, in Brussels on Thursday, Ms von der Leyen asked EU leaders to reintroduce tests, both pre-departure and on arrival.