Covid-19 vaccination sites across the UK have been hit by disruption as campaigners claim immunity to government regulations under the so-called “sovereign defense”.
Some anti-vax protesters have been handing out “fake legal documents” outside hospitals and schools, while others have “tried to remove Covid patients from intensive care wards”, said BBC. Campaigners have accused the government of “vaccine genocide” in videos posted on social media, and “some groups have even organized training camp for their members“.
Anti-vaxxers “believe they have the legitimate power to bring leading politicians, civil servants and scientists before the so-called ‘common law courts'” for alleged “crimes” in connection to Covid restrictions and vaccinations, the broadcaster continued, but such claims have “no legal basis”.
A group of so-called sovereign citizens – also known as constitutionalists, common-law citizens, non-resident foreigners, and liberals – down to the London home of BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine in October to offer what Time said it “appears to be bogus legal documents” about his reporting on the pandemic.
Vine tweeted that they tried to serve his wife an “anti-vaxx post”, as he was not at home at the time. These forged legal “documents” urge “all policemen and sovereign men and women” to arrest the recipient “immediately and without delay.”
That same month, activists also “broke the NHS ward” at Colchester Hospital and attempted to serve staff with “bogus legal notices”, Mirror reported. Footage of the “strange incident” shows the team claiming that Covid is a “hoax” and citing “evidence” of the alleged violation of the law including documents on the Nuremberg Code, ” a set of research ethics outlining the rules for human testing under World War II,” the paper added.
Ideology from America
The ideology of anti-vax groups has its roots in Posse Comitatus, a far-right, anti-Semitism and anti-government movement that originated in the United States in the late 1960s. This ideology came to the UK in the 1990s. and has come to prominence here during the pandemic.
“When I presented an anti-lockdown protest in London in May, the first person I met was a man eager to tell me why the government had no legal power over him.” write BBC journalist Mike Wendling in 2020.
U.S. authorities consider sovereign citizenship a “radical movement” and a domestic terrorist threat. Follow FBI, such extremists cause “all kinds of problems – and crimes”. The agency said many sovereign members “pay no taxes,” while others “organize courts that illegally order arrests for judges and police” or clog up the court system. by frivolous lawsuits.
Some reported “use of fake money orders, personal checks, and the like at government agencies, banks, and businesses.” And “that’s just the beginning,” the FBI added, before outlining a series of crimes committed by sovereign citizens including murder, intimidation of judges and government officials.
Link to Magna Carta
British members of the sovereign citizenship movement believed they could “reject” laws with which they disagreed. This concept is based on a proposition in Magna Carta – the English royal charter of liberties was signed in 1215 for the purpose of bringing peace between King John and his barons.
The clause, also known as Article 61, stated that the barons of the land could elect a group of 25 men who would have the right to “require an immediate settlement” to “keep… the peace and the right” freedom granted and confirmed to them by this charter”.
But this provision was removed from the Magna Carta within a year of its signing and never incorporated into British law. “There is no mention of clause 61 or 25 barons in the 1216 or the ‘final’ 1225 version of the document,” the independent fact-checking organization explains. Full truth.
While providing the basis for fundamental principles in English law, only four provisions from the Magna Carta remain in force today, including the right to a free and timely trial. “None of those provisions are still in force to allow citizens to decide which law should apply to them.” BBC Reality Check.
Request crime number
So-called sovereign citizens in the UK have recently started using criminal reference numbers – 6029679/21 – to bolster their claims that vaccination centers are breaking the law.
Earlier this month, four protesters stormed a chemist in Yorkshire and told staff they would “use force” to stop them using a Covid vaccine, reports Yorkshire Live. One of the anti-vaxxers claims to be “Commonwealth Constable” and the vaccine is “under criminal investigation by the Met Police”.
But “no police investigation”, said Vice News. The crime figure “quoted by religious anti-vaxxers” merely indicates that police have received allegations against vaccines.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police told Reuters that no criminal investigation into the allegation had been made, and confirmed that “no vaccine centers were closed” as part of the investigation did not exist.
Famous movement members
Claims about the number of criminals have been spread online by the anti-lockdown movement and conspiracy theorists, many of whom communicate using the Telegram messaging platform.
Some of these activists also have large social media followings. On January 14th, American businessman Jennifer Arcuri, who is said to be Boris Johnson’s ex, tweeted out the profile number to her 62,000 followers with the message “Call the police. Turn it ALL DOWN. And who doesn’t, will be reported”.
Rachel Goldwasser, a research analyst with the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center, says The Independent that many people turn to the sovereign citizenship fallacy to do so “as a last-ditch attempt to gain a sense of control over their lives”.
Goldwasser added that the US has been affected by escalating violence as a result of sovereign citizens and warned that immediate action is needed in the UK to prevent a similar increase. She said: “It was only a matter of time before someone caught it.
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