London: Anti-lockdown mob yells “murderer” at Chris Whitty’s house
The day before he was approached in a London park, crowds gathered in front of Prof. Whitty’s house
Professor Chris Whitty was branded a “murderer” by a mob of anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine protesters over the weekend.
The crowd gathered outside the London home of the British chief doctor during a march through the capital on Saturday.
Some of the demonstrators shouted “traitors” and “murderers” over megaphones.
The day before Prof. Whitty was harassed on the street for the third time this year, when two men approached him as he walked through St. James’ Park.
Police are investigating after a 20-second clip posted online showing the couple grinning as they grabbed him while shouting “Oi oi” and asking, “A photo please?”
When Prof. Whitty tries to free himself, the men catch him again.
The demonstrators shouted “murderers” and “traitors” in front of the professor’s house
With a line of police cars in the background, a voice can be heard saying “Leave the Lord alone” before the video ends.
The Metropolitan Police said they had “robustly” warned two men at the scene, but added that the professor told officers he did not want to make any allegations at the time.
They continued, “The incident was recorded as a common attack and is still being investigated by the public order crime team.”
Prof. Whitty is reported to be better protected after the incident.
The epidemiologist will get a car, much like medium-sized cabinet ministers, according to The Times.
The chief doctor has become a household name during the pandemic (Image: PA)
Chris Whitty was approached by two men in a park on Sunday (Image: PA)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the “thugs” responsible for the “hideous harassment”, adding, “Our hard-working officials should not face this type of intimidation on our streets and we will not tolerate it.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel said she was “just horrified” by the incident and officials are seeking support for Prof. Whitty.
When asked if he needed any security measures, she told Times Radio, “I can’t talk about this, but it’s important that we make sure Chris gets the right kind of support.
“It is terrible to see such an important public figure who, day in and day out, serves our country as he is supposed to protect us and is only exposed to appalling abuse.”
It is not the first time that Prof. Whitty has been forced to endure public harassment.
I am shocked to see the despicable harassment from Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty.
I condemn the behavior of these thugs. Our hard working officials shouldn’t face this type of intimidation on our streets and we will not tolerate it.
– Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) June 29, 2021
Professor Whitty was harassed in public several times this year
Earlier this month, he was confronted on a street in Oxford by a man who accused him of lying to the public about the coronavirus.
Another man spoke to the chief medical officer in Westminster in February.
The incidents were filmed on cell phones.
Prof. Whitty brushed up the incident in February and addressed him shortly afterwards at a press conference on Downing Street.
He told the audience, “When it comes to speeches … the odd young guy who shows off happens on occasion.
“To be honest, I didn’t think anything of it. I was very surprised that it was even picked up by the media as something of importance. ‘
He added that he was certain that the person involved would “become a model citizen in due course,” in the hopes that they might be more like the much-admired NHS charity donor, the late Captain Sir Tom Moore.
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