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UK Police Force Slammed For Spying on Dog Walkers With Drone

Despite them adhering to coronavirus lockdown rules.

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A police force in the UK received an overwhelmingly negative backlash after revealing they had used a surveillance drone to spy on dog walkers and hikers in a remote part of the country.

“Despite posts yesterday highlighting issues of people still visiting the #PeakDistrict despite government guidance, the message is still not getting through,” tweeted Derbyshire Police. “@DerPolDroneUnit have been out at beauty spots across the county, and this footage was captured at #CurbarEdge last night.”

The video then goes on to shame people for hiking, walking their dog and watching the sunset in a remote location, the Peak District, despite none of the individuals shown having violated the new rules.

Indeed, by performing such activities in such a barren, remote location, the people shown in the drone footage appear to be practicing perfect social distancing.

The government has encouraged people to engage in one form of exercise a day, specifically “to take exercise either alone or with other members of their household.”

Derbyshire Police’s tweet received a massively negative response.

“People exercising is permitted. People maintaining 2m separation is permitted. People not being in groups larger than two is permitted,” pointed out one respondent.

“This seems perfectly within the guidelines. What exactly is the issue here? No wonder people are getting confused,” added another.

“This is the worst kind of nanny policing and I say that as a former colleague,” said another. “Taking a walk by yourself in the middle of nowhere seems the epitome of social distancing. Yet the building site next to me, in the middle of London, building flats is essential?”

“This is petty. These people are not in contact with anyone. If it was a park, fair enough, but a huge place like this I’m sure people will respect each other’s space. Some people only have tiny rooms to ‘self-isolate’ in. Surely a walk is better than suicide?” asked another.

It now seems inevitable that police forces across the country are going to start setting up vehicle checkpoints, something North Yorkshire Police have already said they will do from today onwards.

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More Than 200,000 Sign Petition Against Vaccine Passports

Parliament now has to debate the issue

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A petition opposing the introduction of vaccine passports in the UK has been signed by more than 200,000 people at time of writing, meaning it will likely be debated by parliament.

The petition on the government and parliament website states “We want the Government to commit to not rolling out any e-vaccination status/immunity passport to the British public.”

It continues, “Such passports could be used to restrict the rights of people who have refused a Covid-19 vaccine, which would be unacceptable.”

The petition further points out that vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi MP has previously denied that there are any plans to introduce vaccine passports.

“The Government must be completely clear to the public about the use of vaccine passports & their intentions, which will undoubtedly affect societal cohesion & effect the economic recovery of Great Britain this year & into 2022,” the petition further states.

The government has to respond to all petitions that attract more than 10,000 signatures and has to consider a debate within two weeks on those that surpass 100,000.

However, due to “Coronavirus (COVID-19)” petition debates were temporarily suspended. On Thursday MPs voted to restart them, so it remains to be seen how long it will take to get to this particular petition.

After months of denying there are any plans to introduce so called vaccine passports, the British government has also now admitted that not only is it considering introducing them for travel, but also merely to gain access to events spaces, and even shops and pubs.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seemingly resistant to introducing the scheme, but is being hounded by proponents to adopt it, and has promised a review.

Liberties group Big Brother Watch is leading the charge against the scheme:

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Merkel: EU Leaders ‘Have All Agreed That We Need Vaccine Passports’

Commission President urges EU wide implementation now, warning that sooner or later Google and Apple will get involved.

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After the European Commission convened to discuss the potential of so called ‘vaccine passports’ Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters that “We have all agreed that we need vaccine certificates.”

Bloomberg reports that Merkel added “In the future, it will certainly be good to have such a certificate but that will not mean that only those who have such a passport will be able to travel; about that, no political decisions have been made yet.”

The German leader also stated “This will make travelling within the EU possible and could pave the way for further travel from third countries into the EU,” suggesting that it will take three months to implement a vaccine passport system.

The report also notes that Commission President Ursula von der Leyen urged member states to make haste in agreeing a Europe wide system before Big Tech gets there first.

Von der Leyen reportedly cited Israel’s ‘Green Pass’ system, which the country is using as a domestic internal document, denying entry for the unvaccinated to public spaces including sports events, restaurants and hotels.

While admitting that it is “unclear whether you can transmit the disease even if you are vaccinated,” the Commission leader stated “It is important to have a European solution because otherwise others will go into this vacuum.” 

“Google and Apple are already offering solutions to the WHO [World Health Organization]. And this is sensitive information so we want to be very clear here that we offer a European solution,” Von der Leyen emphasised.

Alex Patelis, chief economic adviser to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, noted “If we as European Union don’t provide a solution, somebody else will, whether it’s going to be the U.S. big tech companies or somebody else, the solution will be provided.”

“Let’s get the infrastructure ready,” Patelis added.

French President Emmanuel Macron has expressed skepticism over the notion of vaccine passports, but stated “We’ll have, in the end, a harmonious EU approach,” adding “It’s obvious because there is no other choice.”

While there have been scant reports of Apple or Google developing vaccine passports, and the WHO has expressed caution on the issue, there are plenty of other schemes under development and being rolled out, as we have repeatedly highlighted.

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Image Shows School Band ‘Socially Distanced’ Inside Human Tents

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An image shows students at a school in Wenatchee, Washington State socially distanced inside what look like human tents as they perform in a band.

The picture appears to show two girls playing saxophones while trapped inside the awning-like structures, while others in the background play flute.

According to the article, “You can’t see them smiling beneath the masks,” but the kids are happy to be back at school.

The article quotes Wenatchee Principal Eric Anderson, who celebrates the fact that the school environment has been carefully tailored to ensure that students never remove their face coverings.

“We really have an environment in this building where there is never a reason where a kid has to take their mask off,” he said.

That’s presumably why the children in the image have been made to stand inside the tents, because they have to remove their masks to play the instruments.

Growing up in a world where they are forcibly isolated from each other, starved of physical contact and cannot properly discern facial reactions while having to wear humiliating human tents.

What could possibly go wrong?

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