Activists took to the streets of London a day after the UK cupboard expanded its guidelines for mandatory face coverings. The demonstration comes amid rising distrust globally over the efficacy of such policies.

A large group of demonstrators assembled in Hyde Park on Saturday, where they listened to speeches denouncing the government’s anti-coronavirus steps.

Footage from RT’s Ruptly video agency indicates a massive audience, most without masks, filling the streets of the UK funding as they marched toward Downing Street. 

1 demonstrator who talked with Ruptly said he had questions about mandatory face mask rules. 

“I was a nurse, a mental health nurse, and one of those things we learnt as emotional health nurse students is it is believed battery to put something on a individual ’s body with no approval,” he said. 

Face coverings were recently made mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday that masks will also be required in museums, cinemas, art galleries, and even places of worship beginning on August 8. He also pushed back by 2 weeks that the reopening of businesses and venues like skating rinks, bowling alleys, and even casinos.

Like many countries, the UK has experienced an uptick in new coronavirus cases. With the highest death toll in Europe, Downing Street has started to reimpose neighborhood lockdowns and other strategies purportedly made to block the spread of the virus. There’s also broad debate about whether there is a scientific basis for many anti-coronavirus policies. The Dutch government recently announced it would not advise the public to wear masks, arguing that there isn’t sufficient proof they are effective.

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