Anti-vaccine protesters stormed the ITN building in London on Monday and heckled Channel 4 reporter Jon Snow in protests against Covid restrictions.
Photos on social media showed a heavy police presence in the Gray’s Inn Road building in Farringdon, where news broadcasts for ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 are broadcast.
Video footage shared on Twitter showed protesters heckling reporters as they attempted to enter the building.
Mr Snow was escorted inside by police as one protester called him a “fucking rat” while another shouted, “Are you a pedophile Jon?”
Another protester told the Channel 4 News presenter: ‘It is such a shame that you haven’t spoken on behalf of the children,’ apparently referring to the media coverage of under-18 immunization plans across the country. UK.
Labor MP David Lammy called the footage “gruesome”, writing on Twitter: “[Jon Snow] is one of the best broadcasters in the UK – but all journalists should be free to do their jobs free from harassment, intimidation or abuse.
Protesters also accused politicians of “brainwashing” members of the public to comply with lockdown restrictions in a live stream from the scene shared on Youtube.
A man was heard shouting through a megaphone in the lobby of the ITN building, while other protesters claimed there were “crimes against humanity” going on across the UK.
“We don’t want to hurt anyone, we are worried about what is happening in our country,” a protester told a policewoman.
Staff are locked inside the building’s offices and have been advised not to approach the group of approximately 200 people.
Protesters are rallying against the use of vaccine passports across the country and media coverage of the pandemic.
An ITN spokesperson said police were witnessing the “security breach,” adding: “ITN staff, including those working in ITV News, Channel 4 News and 5 News, have been invited to stay in the building or stay away while the situation is in progress.
“News organizations provided a vital source of information during the pandemic. The abuse of journalists because of their reporting on the coronavirus is a worrying development, which ITN is monitoring closely and actively ensuring that staff are aware of the precautions to be taken to avoid harm.
“This action had the effect of preventing journalists from being able to go about their news gathering activities, which ITN strongly condemns. “
Metropolitan Police said their officers were “responding to a protest at private premises on Gray’s Inn Road, Camden, where people illegally entered the building.”
“Agents are on hand to take care of the security of the building and to evict those who have entered it,” the force said.
It occurs several weeks after a group of anti-vaccine protesters clashed with police as they attempted to storm the former BBC headquarters in the capital.
Images on social media appeared to show dozens of protesters engaged in an altercation as police had prevented them from entering the White City Television Center, a site that is now largely luxury apartments and the home of ITV daytime show Lorraine.
The group behind the protest, which coordinates on the Telegram messaging app, has already promoted a number of vaccine and lockdown conspiracy theories. A message promoting action in the BBC building said: “The media is the problem. The lies will end.
It is not yet clear whether the group was also responsible for the protests at ITN offices on Monday.