The shocking remarks, which also saw the 73-year-old conspiracy theorist urge his band of supporters to burn down the offices of MPs, were widely shared on social media, sparking a wave of condemnation
Anti-vaxxer Piers Corbyn has been arrested after a video emerged appearing to show him calling for violence against MPs.
Addressing crowds yesterday, the 73-year-old conspiracy theorist, brother of former Labour leader Jeremy, ranted that people should “hammer to death” politicians who voted for Covid restrictions.
The shocking remarks, which also saw him urge his band of supporters to burn down the offices of MPs, were widely shared on social media, sparking a wave of condemnation.
Corbyn’s call for violence comes just two months after the killing of Tory MP David Amess in an attack in his Essex constituency.
In a statement the Met Police said: “A man, aged in his 70s, has been arrested on suspicion of encouragement to commit arson.
“He was arrested in Southwark at around 01:45hrs on Sunday, 19 December.
“The arrest relates to a video posted online in which people were encouraged to burn down MPs’ offices.
“The man remains in custody at a central London police station.”
After decrying “those scum who have decided to go ahead with introducing new fascism”, Corbyn ranted at a London protest: “You’ve got to get a list of them … and if your MP is one of them, go to their offices and, well, I would recommend burning them down, OK.
“But I can’t say that on air. I hope we’re not on air.”
In a separate video that has been widely mocked, Corbyn was filmed performing a rap song in which he stated: “I’m not a loser, I don’t want the booster”.
Yesterday the Department of Health announced a further 125 people had died from Covid, bringing the death toll since the start of the pandemic to 147,173.
More than half a million people have tested positive for the virus in the past week across the UK, with 787 lives lost in that time.
Experts have warned that the Omicron variant could result in tens of thousands of hospitalisations, once again putting the NHS at risk of being overwhelmed.
Despite this thousands of anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine demonstrators took to the streets of central London yesterday to vent their fury at public health measures.
The clip of Corbyn has been met with widespread condemnation, with Home Secretary Priti Patel branding it “sickening”.
She wrote: “I back police to take the strongest possible action against him.
This was echoed by Labour MP Yvette Cooper, who wrote: “Appalling Piers Corbyn video.
“We have lost two MPs to terrible violence in recent years – we know how incredibly serious this is.
“Police will have all our support pursuing this.”