Piers Corbyn has been arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police over leaflets which compared the UK’s COVID vaccine rollout to the Holocaust, as reported by Sky News.
The anti-lockdown campaigner, who is the brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, told Sky News officers had bailed him after attending a police station.
Officers were called in to investigate after Corbyn’s local council condemned the distribution of the leaflets.
Sky News reported that he confirmed the leaflets in question were the same as one that appears on his “Stop New Normal” website, which includes the words “vaccines are safe path to freedom” above the gates of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Responding to the condemnation of the leaflets, Corbyn told Sky News:
“The statement that vaccines are the path to freedom is false, as indeed was the Nazi claim that work is the path to freedom.
“It’s not offensive, what happened in the Holocaust was horrible and offensive – that isn’t really what this question is about.”
He added he had given a “full rebuttal” to police after his “voluntary arrest”.
“They phoned me and wanted to question me so I volunteered to go to the police station,” Corbyn said.
“When there they said they would like to arrest me so they can look into anything that was about my person or about my flat.”
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said that officers “investigating reports of malicious material in the form of a leaflet being circulated in south London in late January have made two arrests”.
“A 73-year-old man was arrested in Southwark on Wednesday, 3 February on suspicion of malicious communications and public nuisance.
“A 37-year-old man was arrested earlier the same day in Bow, east London, on suspicion of a public order offence.
“Both men were taken to a south London police station. They have since been bailed to return on a date in early March.”
The Met added that the leaflet “contained material that appeared to compare the COVID-19 vaccination programme with the Holocaust.”
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