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Brits set fire to mobile phone masts as coronavirus conspiracy theories take hold

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Phone masts across Britain are being set on fire as more and more people draw an unfounded connection between the 5G network and the spread of the coronavirus

Confirmed reports that 20 mobile phone masts were targeted across Britain over the Easter weekend indicates that the conspiracy theory linking 5G networks to the coronavirus outbreak is intensifying.

According to the trade group Mobile UK, incidents had occurred in all three core UK nations, England, Wales and Scotland.

Mobile UK claims that one of the targeted sites provided mobile connectivity to a hospital in Birmingham.

The trade group has previously stated that key workers at the targeted sites had suffered “abuse and threats” from people intent on committing criminal damage in the belief that phone masts contribute to the proliferation of CVOID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.

There are two dominant theories as to why some people have made a connection between 5G networks and the proliferation of the coronavirus. 

According to one theory 5G technology suppresses the immune system by breaking apart chemical bonds in human DNA cells to cause damage.

The second theory holds that the coronavirus uses the 5G network’s radio waves to communicate and “select” victims. This theory is in part based on the work of Allan Widom, an American Nobel Prize-winning biologist.    

Hitherto, there is no proof that attacks on phone masts believed to be tied to the 5G network has any connection to anti-Chinese sentiments or broader xenophobia.

Earlier, prominent British TV presenter, Eamonn Holmes, caused intense controversy after appearing to lend credence to 5G conspiracy theories.

Holmes, who co-presents the This Morning show on ITV with his wife Ruth Langsford, accused the mainstream media of “slapping that [the theories] down as not true when they don’t know it’s not true”.   

"It's very easy to say it is not true because it suits the state narrative", Holmes added.

Holmes’ exasperation with what he calls the “mainstream media” is in part a reflection of growing exasperation with the British media’s failure to hold the government to account over its inability to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Attacks on real or supposed 5G hotspots (because in many cases the attacked phone masts had no connection to 5G) may also be a reflection of growing popular dissatisfaction and resentment over the government’s lockdown policy which has paralyzed the economy.


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