People who believe the Covid-19 pandemic is a hoax discussed plans to “peel away” from the UK and set up autonomous community where they do not have to follow lockdown restrictions, during an event in Leeds.
Dozens of people attended the Free Nation West Yorkshire event in Woodhouse Moor, Hyde Park, on Sunday, August 9 and listened to a speaker who claimed “we need to govern ourselves as a community”.
The group, who claim to be concerned about “freedoms being eroded day by day” in Britain, have expressed scepticism about the pandemic, lockdown restrictions and plans for a vaccine during several recent events in Leeds.
According to official figures, 3,969 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Leeds during the pandemic, and the virus has claimed the lives of more than 710 people in the city.
At the event, the unnamed speaker told the crowd: “This community will find ways to worship in parks and buildings without social distancing or obscuring our human features with muzzles.
“We will eat our own homegrown foods and exercise together.
“We will come together and adapt our lifestyles as we see fit, because we are here to stay and we will not be removed. We will not be censored and we certainly will not be silenced.
“We will spend time together understanding the importance of continuous regular human contact, embracing and loving on another.
‘Many of us here today would rather die than live in your new world’
He added: “From a handful of willing souls in Millennium Square a couple of months ago, we now grow in number.
“We ask you to become a part of this community and contribute. It does not work without you guys.
“We need to peel ourselves away from the state, become less state dependent and become more dependent on each other.”
He also described the UK government as “illegitimate” and claimed they have “hijacked this country”.
He added: “We do not wish to impose on anyone. We believe people are free to make their own choices.
“You can wear your masks, get tested, get the vaccine and whatever else you want to feel safe, but leave us to take our own risks, as that is part of living.