Anti-vax bootcamp branded 'reckless and irresponsible' by Scottish Government

By Mark McGivern

A "reckless and irresponsible" anti-vax bootcamp has been condemned by the Scottish Government.

Hundreds are expected to take part in the training event in Lanarkshire, led by the Alpha Men group.

The group say they will take "direct action" to stop the "forced vaccination" of children - even though covid jabs are entirely voluntary across the UK, the Daily Record reports.

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And they have told those attending to turn up in "black uniform, black boots and a black hat", and get to the gym ahead of the event so they can "fight the evil."

The outfit has attracted support from men opposed to the roll-out of the covid vaccine - despite there being no plans to make them compulsory.

The Scottish Government say the false information spread by the group should be ignored.

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Asked about the Lanarkshire event, a Scottish Government spokesman said: "Covid-19 -vaccinations are entirely voluntary in Scotland, and those for children will only take place with the appropriate consent.

"Getting vaccinated saves lives and helps protect the NHS by making it much less likely that people will need hospital treatment if they do get covid.

"Deliberately spreading misinformation about the vaccine is irresponsible and reckless, and anyone doing so should be ignored."

The spokesman added: "Any claims that Covid-19 vaccinations are mandatory for children or adults in Scotland are entirely false."

Police Scotland is also aware of the event. A force spokesman said: "Officers will give the area passing attention and engage with anyone in attendance."

Membership of a social media group dedicated to Alpha Men Assemble Scotland has grown quickly from 100 to 400 in the last week., with a torrent of messages posted urging people to avoid taking any vaccines or using masks in public places.

The Alpha Men Assemble UK group has more than 4,000 members. Numbers have increased by 1,000 in a week. It has hosted several meetings in recent weeks for "training and strategy tactics."

At one session, on a beach in West Sussex on December 28, about 100 activists took part in boxing drills and other military style exercises.

As well as the meet-up near Motherwell, a similar event is due to take place in Staffordshire later this month. A statement on the Alpha Men Assemble site gave mixed messages on the use of violence.

It read: "Learning self defence and team-building exercises are carried out at our meet-ups. We do not tolerate the abuse of children or women. We are lawful and peaceful but we will defend our families and children if we need to. Do not test us."

It added that bans will be given to anyone committing violence, racism or breaking any laws.

Last night "Samuel" from Alpha Men emailed the Record after they contacted the group for comment. He wrote: "Be on the right side of history do your job." He said he was submitting a crime report to the police over the "damage the vaccine is doing."

He added: "Of note and hugely significant, allegations were made of the most serious crimes being committed by a number of named Government ministers, civil servants and the bosses of UK news networks."

With no supporting evidence, he claimed these crimes included "murder," "blackmail" and "crimes against humanity."

Last night MSPs said the group's tactics could intimidate members of the public. Scottish Conservative community safety spokesman Russell Findlay said: "It's not exactly clear what this rabble plan to 'take action' against.

"While it's tempting to dismiss them as incoherent conspiracy cranks, they're acting in a way that could intimidate the law-abiding majority of Scots who understand that vaccines save lives and protect the NHS.

"I have no doubt that Police Scotland will have the measure of any group seeking to put public safety at risk."

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