Anti-vaxx conspiracy theorist tells rally that healthcare workers fighting COVID could face Nuremberg-style trials

Kate Shemirani speaks to thousands of protesters during the demonstration.
Kate Shemirani speaks to thousands of protesters during the demonstration. Demonstrators protest in Trafalgar Square, London as part of the Worldwide Rally for Freedom. Protesters are demonstrating against the vaccine passport, Covid-19 vaccination for children and a raft of other coronavirus restrictions. Martin Pope/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images
  • Thousands gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square to protest the use of COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • Kate Shemirani – a former nurse who was struck off – compared the use of the jabs to Nazi-era medical testing.
  • Several other high-profile conspiracy theorists spoke at the event, including David Icke and Piers Corbyn.
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Mass anti-vaxx protests occurred in London last night, with one conspiracy theorist causing outrage for telling doctors and nurses that they could be tried and hung in Nuremberg-style trials.

Speaking at the protests were several renowned right-wing conspiracy theorists, including David Icke, Katie Hopkins – who just got refused entry to Australia for refusing to produce COVID-19 documentation – and Gillian McKeith.

The protest, dubbed a “worldwide rally for freedom,” in London’s Trafalgar Square was held five days after England lifted most of its COVID restrictions.

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Kate Shemirani, a former nurse who was struck off the Nursing and Midwifery Council in June 2021 for spreading COVID misinformation, addressed the crowd.

She told them: “Get their names [of doctors and nurses]. Email them to me. With a group of lawyers, we are collecting all that. At the Nuremberg Trials, the doctors and nurses stood trial, and they hung. If you are a doctor or a nurse, now is the time to get off that bus… and stand with us, the people,” reported The Independent.

Shemirani’s comments have caused a major uproar – not just for endangering and undermining the efforts of healthcare workers in the pandemic – but also for their antisemitic overtones.

The Nuremberg Trials were a series of military tribunals held after World War II to convict Nazis of their war crimes, including six million Jews and other minorities for medical trials.

The documentation from the Nursing and Midwifery council‘s case against Shemirani shows the scale of her conspiratorial beliefs – including stating that “you can’t catch a virus,” describing the “genocidal” NHS as “murdering patients,” and claiming that vaccines have been “rushed through” because “they want to kill you.”

Joining Shemirani was David Icke, an infamous conspiracy theorist who told crowds, “staggering numbers of people worldwide will die from the fake vaccination.” He added: “It’s the pandemic of the fake vaccinated.”

David Icke speaks to the protesters during the demonstration
David Icke speaks to the protesters during the demonstration Thabo Jaiyesimi/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images

Piers Corbyn – brother of the former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn – also spoke, saying, “you’re much more likely to die or get ill from the jab that you are from COVID.”

The UK has one of the highest vaccination rates globally, with 80% of adults have received at least one dose and 55.4% both. These rates are linking to low hospitalization in the UK.