OUTSPOKEN protester and conspiracy theorist David Icke was in Newport town centre to vent his opposition of the government and his medical advisors over Covid and 'freedom restricting' vaccine passport proposals.

Around 100 people gathered in St Thomas's Square today (Saturday) to listen to the controversial figure lead the protests against the so-called e-vaccination status/immunity passport for the British public, which he believes could be used to restrict the rights of people who have refused a Covid-19 vaccine.

There were various banners on display around the square, such as 'Pro vax. Anti-vax. It doesn't matter. Vaccine passports will enslave us all' and 'Digital passports = End of our freedoms'.

Isle of Wight County Press: David Icke addresses the crowd in St Thomas's Square, Newport. David Icke addresses the crowd in St Thomas's Square, Newport.

There were also protests from some businesses — highlighting the impact such restrictions would have on their livelihoods, and criticism of the press for their role in the way it shares information. 

Icke's criticisms covered all manner of topics, from the Second World War, fascism and tyranny, to Microsoft founder Bill Gates and the World Health Organisation.

But his spleen was vented most vociferously against the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), which provides the government with daily scientific and technical advice to support their decision making during the pandemic, and Chris Whitty, the government's chief medical advisor throughout Covid. 

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Icke referred to those who produce vaccines to combat Covid as "psychopaths and mass murderers" and said that SAGE and Whitty are "psychopaths and liars".

He was also highly critical of the World Health Organisation for the pivotal role they have played throughout the crisis.

In a personal attack on the Prime Minister, Icke described him as "a disheveled pratt" and "genetic liar".

Icke, of Ryde, spoke to the crowd for about 40 minutes.

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"Let go of the fear of consequences," he urged the gathering defiantly, to whoops of support and applause from his supporters.

"We take our society back."

The event remained relatively peaceful, but for one Icke supporter who remonstrated with Santa, merrily ringing his bell as many more others in the square turned their attention to buying gifts from the Christmas market.

Icke's son, Gareth, who also hails from the Isle of Wight, similarly addressed a protest march, the North Unites demo, in York earlier this month.

Many of the protesters were anti-vaxxers and Covid sceptics.