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Created: October 2020
Updated: February 2021
Sheffield Anti-Lockdown Protests - October & November 2020
October saw more protests in Sheffield. On one Saturday, there were two separate protests; the one I attended on Pinstone Street, and another one in Barkers Pool.
The following Wednesday there was another protest featuring Piers Corbyn and Geza "Frackman" Tarjanyi.
I took my video camera to both events and gathered a few people's opinions and experiences. Watch the 10 minute video on YouTube:
Direct link to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBOkJlhm_VA
Lord Brexit on Policing
There has been varied police presence at these events. On some occasions there were no police. On other occasions they really didn't want us there. In this video, the police try to extract the name of the 'organiser', and protester Lord Brexit gives his opinion on the police and the coronavirus lockdown.
Direct link to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qoQKiRu_mo
November saw the introduction of the country's second 'lockdown', with many 'non-essential' shops closed, and people forbidden from meeting more than one person outside.
This weekend we had a very good turnout, with several speakers and music. Part 1 features speeches by Chris and Don, as well as music. In Part 2, young gentleman Hudson sings to the crowd, Steve gives a speech on masks and social distancing and Evie gives a speech about her opinion on the coronavirus situation.
Direct link to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfUibM9gnj4
Direct link to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSqKJIVOapQ
Endcliffe Park - November 2020
People gathered in Endcliffe Park instead of the city centre for a change. I was amazed at how busy the park was compared to the city. There were so few people wearing masks, it was like a different world. In this video we hear from Dr Tanya Klymenko about her views on the so-called pandemic. Tanya is a molecular biologist from Sheffield Hallam University, and grew up in Soviet Ukraine. She has significant concerns about the way the country is going.
We also here from Banaman and Chris about the way protests are policed. Chris was arrested by South Yorkshire Police the previous week for breaching the Coronavirus regulations and is due to appear in court in March.
Direct link to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dkrnb1WxgCw