Anti-Vaccine Protesters Storm COVID-19 Testing Center in English Town of Milton Keynes

Anti-vaccine protesters on Dec. 29 stormed a COVID-19 test and trace center in the town of Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, England.

Videos on social media appeared to show dozens of protesters shouting abuse at the staff and appeared to steal and damage equipment.

Staff appeared to run away and take shelter in the center, according to the videos.

Thames Valley Police said in a statement that it was aware of the protest.

“Where criminal activity has been disclosed, we will take action,” Thames Valley Police said.

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Barber said that he spoke with officers to discuss police response.

“All of the events of today will be reviewed to help plan for future protest events and ensure that colleagues in the [National Health Service] can continue their fantastic work in delivering the vaccine rollout,” Barber said.

No arrests have been made so far.

The protest came as the United Kingdom faces a COVID-19 testing shortage and recently recorded its highest daily COVID-19 cases at 183,037.

Members of Parliament (MP) criticized the actions of the protesters.

Helen Morgan, MP for North Shropshire, described the protest as “totally unacceptable.”

Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow, called the protest “disgraceful” and noted that they have been calling for a legislation “to tackle those who harass others seeking healthcare.”

Milton Keynes University Hospital Chief Executive Officer Joe Harrison said that he was “sorry and angry” to see the staff at the center “harassed and intimidated at their place of work.”

“Our staff having to deal with increasing aggression & violence for simply doing their job. It’s abhorrent, unacceptable & we will not stand for it,” Harrison said.

Elsewhere, anti-vaccine protesters participated in the so-called Freedom Rally and stormed the Milton Keynes Theater.

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