Anti lockdown protesters slammed for targeting home of Mark Drakeford
Anti-lockdown demonstrators have been criticised for targeting the home of Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford.
A crowd of around 150 gathered outside the politician’s private residence in a street near to the city centre with chants calling for him to be arrested.
Some reports suggest that those taking part included some wearing yellow star badges, similar to those Jewish people were forced to wear in Nazi Germany.
Leader of the Welsh Conservatives Andrew RT Davies criticised the protesters saying:
Disturbed to see crowds gathering outside Mark Drakeford’s home this afternoon.
If you have political disagreements (and believe me @fmwales and I have many) then get involved in politics. Harassment is never acceptable.
Thoughts are with the First Minister and his family.
— Andrew RT Davies (@AndrewRTDavies) July 24, 2021
The Cardiff event was one of many similar rallies taking place across the UK in what was described as a ‘World Wide Rally for Freedom’.
Event organisers had distributed online notices calling for people to gather in Cardiff at 1 pm with further ‘details to be announced’.
One of the protesters posted a video update during the event which suggests their original plan was to head to the Senedd building in Cardiff Bay.
He said: “There has been another change of direction, to Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales – to his house.
“I was questioning it. Thinking should people go to the Senedd but obviously, there’s no one there anyway so maybe not. So they’ve trumped it – Mark Drakeford’s house. Beautiful.”
A photograph of the protest by one observer suggests around 150 protesters took part with a line of police guarding the front of the property.
Mark Drakeford has received continual attacks from sections of the media and anti-lockdown groups for his decisions during the pandemic.
Despite this, the First Minister’s popularity ratings have continued to rise with a poll earlier this year finding 57% of people in Wales believing him to be doing a good job – the highest rating of any UK leader.
The protest in Cardiff comes after five people were recently arrested as anti-lockdown protesters clashed with police near to Downing Street in London on what the UK Government had described as ‘Freedom Day’.
There's a pro-death, pro-covid protest going on in Cardiff now. Included protesters wearing yellow Jewish star badges, and some waving banners comparing the current situation to apartheid. pic.twitter.com/pp79M4sZrU
— Neil Cocker (@NeilCocker) July 24, 2021