Thousands of people who believe coronavirus is a joke have gathered in London's Trafalgar Square to protest lockdown restrictions and vaccination programs.
The "Unite for Freedom" rally started at noon in the capital and called for an "end to government lies" and the restoration of all freedoms.
Pictures from the demonstration show a large crowd in the square – none of them wearing a mask – with signs describing the pandemic as a "joke".
Other signs said masks reduced immunity, likening the restrictions to “child torture”.
One person held a self-made poster on which they had scrawled “No to mandatory vaccines”.
The event is set to march past Downing Street to the Houses of Parliament, where speakers are expected to address the crowd.
Thousands of protesters have gathered in London's Trafalgar Square to protest the lockdown restrictions on Covid-19
Those in attendance believe the pandemic was a joke and dozen criticized the government's actions
Various conspiracy theory groups were present, telling others to distrust the government in London
Speakers and lecturers took part in the demonstration to discuss their campaign to urge the government to ease restrictions
The meeting in Trafalgar Square is one of several demonstrations that take place worldwide with others in Berlin
A poster for the event said: “Nothing is more important because the time is very short. The government is voting for a two-year extension of its Covid-19 emergency powers in September 2020.
& # 39; The first six months were a disaster – we can't go on! We have to take a stand. & # 39;
It lists its priorities as "no more bans, no social distancing, no masks". No trace or trace, no health passports. No compulsory vaccinations, no "new normal". Restore all human rights that have been violated. & # 39;
The poster lists "top doctors and nurses who speak out against GMC restrictions with the real truth about Covid-19".
It is believed that Jeremy Corbyn's brother Piers and conspiracy theorist David Icke will both show up.
Icke, who is reported to speak outside parliament buildings at 3 p.m., made headlines in May after making controversial, unproven claims about the virus on multiple internet platforms, including one connected to the 5G cellular network.
Both YouTube and Facebook deleted their accounts for violating their respective guidelines to contest the existence of Covid-19.
In April, Icke landed London Live with a regulatory sanction from Ofcom after the outlet aired an interview with the former footballer.
In the interview, Icke radiated unsubstantiated theories about the virus and suggested that a compulsory vaccination was "fascism".
Ofcom said it was "particularly concerned" that Icke "is questioning the motives behind official health advice to protect the public from the virus."
"These claims remained largely unchallenged during the 80-minute interview and were made without the support of scientific or other evidence."
The demonstration is one of several taking place around the world under the Unite for Freedom banner.
The Berlin police broke up a mass protest against coronavirus curbs in the German capital on Saturday, a few hours after it began after the demonstrators ignored their orders to keep their distance and wear masks.
Anti-mask protesters can be seen at the Unite for Freedom protest in Trafalgar Square, London this afternoon
Protesters rallied to urge the government to relax lockdown restrictions and relinquish their emergency powers
Many of those in attendance argue that the restrictions in place during the pandemic are a violation of human rights
None of the protesters in London this afternoon wore masks or practiced social distancing
Police officers wearing masks were present to keep the peace when thousands gathered in the capital
The great crowd gathered this afternoon to protest the government's coronavirus restrictions in Trafalgar Square
The protesters say they are part of the Unite for Freedom movement and the demonstration is one of several around the world
Anti-maskers believe the government's restrictions and rules to prevent the virus from spreading are in violation
Many in the crowd claimed the pandemic was a joke and posted anti-government messages on signs while listening to the speakers
Some claimed that the UK be like Sweden, which had not put in place the same restrictions as the UK
The protest came as infections increased across Europe, with similar protests during the day in Paris and elsewhere.
Across Europe, the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in countries like France, Spain and Italy.
Yesterday, France added 5,429 cases overnight, government figures showed. This was the country's largest in a day surge since April 14 and the third largest daily surge since the pandemic began.
Meanwhile, Italy, which had some of the lowest case numbers in Europe after reopening its economy, saw 1,367 cases – the largest increase since May.
Spain registered an additional 7,296 cases, enough to bring the country via the US – the world's worst-hit nation – in a number of cases per million people based on a seven day moving average.
The latest numbers show that the pandemic has killed at least 842,000 people worldwide since it hit China late last year.
In the UK, more than 331,644 people were infected and 41,486 people were killed by the virus.
People gather at the Victory Column as they take part in a protest rally in Berlin to demonstrate against Covid measures