Anti-Lockdown Protests Across Europe

 In Foreign, Politics

Anti-lockdown protests are occurring across Europe from London in the UK to Stuttgart, Germany as well as the United States. People are becoming weary of lockdowns and the economic damage caused by it. On Saturday, protests occurred all over Europe.

In Stuttgart, Germany, police limited the number of protesters to 5,000, although 500,000 registered for it.  “Social distancing” was their rationale. Protests with about 1,000 participants also erupted in Munich and Berlin.

The anti-lockdown protests

Warsaw, Poland also saw protests, with police using tear gas on protesters. An “opposition” Senator, Jacek Bury, was also present at the protests. Police were extremely heavy-handed during the protests, arresting some.

In London, protesters also ran afoul of police as they protested in Hyde Park. In the first video, you’ll see a policeman deliberately knee the arrested party in the stomach as he was laying on the ground.

Note: check the word “selfish” and read on.

Division and Anger

The divide between those who believe the entire narrative of COVID-19 and those who question it has become vicious, even in Europe. So let’s get some things straight:

COVID-19 is extremely contagious. That’s a given. It can kill, that’s obvious. It spreads quickly and the symptoms don’t appear for several days. But the vast majority of deaths from the virus are occurring INSIDE confined spaces, not outside. Should people be careful? Absolutely, but it doesn’t mean that opening is impossible.

Why didn’t authorities develop a vaccine for the original SARS (Severe  Acute Respiratory Syndrome)- the coronavirus from bats in China – back in November, 2002? According to experts, it was far more lethal than COVID-19, but there was no vaccine for it.  The disease disappeared by July, 2003. No one knows why.

The Philly Voice reported:

“What about a SARS vaccine? Vaccine studies for SARS-CoV-1 were started and tested in animal models. An inactivated whole virus was used in ferrets, nonhuman primates and mice. All of the vaccines resulted in protective immunity, but there were complications; the vaccines resulted in an immune disease in animals. No human studies were done, nor were the vaccine studies taken further because the virus disappeared. Many factors were involved in the end of SARS-CoV-1, perhaps including summer weather, and certainly strict quarantine of all those who had contact with infected individuals, but we don’t really know why the epidemic ended. Viruses are like that, unpredictable!” Marilyn J. Roosnick, Pennsylvania State University

Vaccines for the newest cousin to SARS, COVID-19, are said to be using a tiny part of the virus rather than the whole virus. There are some hazards to pushing to create a vaccine so quickly. Even for influenza vaccines, the rapid mutation of viruses sometimes makes a yearly flu vaccine ineffective. But because the COVID-19 virus spreads more easily and symptoms appear later than the original, a vaccine may be the only way to stop the pandemic. Maybe. As Ms Roosnick says, viruses are unpredictable. Taking the rapidly produced vaccine should be the individual’s person choice, not a mandate.

As Tank says in his video, there are those calling us all “selfish” because we need to open up the economy again. People must make a living and can’t stay couped up in their homes forever.  The entire world is realizing that the lockdowns cannot continue or even more drastic consequences will ensue. Opening up can occur with some guidelines.  So they are using anti-lockdown protests to attempt to make people listen.

Behavioral Priming

A fitness expert from , Tom Nikkola, says that it appears we’ve all been psychologically “primed.” The use of terms such as “selfish,” “stay home,  stay safe,” “we’re all in this together,” are terms that have created an imprint on our psyche. The actual term is called the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon.

Nikkola writes,

“If you’re not familiar with priming, it is the ability to influence someone’s thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors without them knowing about it, through exposing them to a previous stimulus. For example, repeating the phrase, “Stay home. Stay safe.” could be a form of priming, as it has the potential to impact the way people think (or don’t think and just do), speak, or act…

Consider this statement: We’re all in this together.

If you hear this over and over, and unconsciously believe it, then it means those who don’t follow the conventional recommendations aren’t in this with you. They’re outsiders. They are easy to target and hate and slander. It feels okay to treat them as outsiders because people believe they have the support of their pack to do so…

Or take this one: Stay home. Stay safe.

This implies that by staying home, you’re doing something that helps protect people. To not stay home then, would mean putting others at risk. It sets the stage for people to easily buy into the idea that if you don’t stay home, you’re selfish.

There’s nothing to prove this statement is accurate. Recent data says the opposite: 66% of hospitalizations in New York are from people sheltering in place.

Do you see it yet? What if we’ve all fallen into a pattern of division –  a pattern formed by the media’s use of the same verbiage day in and day out? There’s always a balance, but the way society is at this point in time, that whole “balance” idea has gone out the window.

 

Featured photo: Stuttgart, Germany anti-lockdown protest via Twitter

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