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At least 20 UK phone masts vandalised over false 5G coronavirus claims

At least 20 UK phone masts vandalised over false 5G coronavirus claims

Introduction – April 6, 2020

The government and the telecommunications industry appear to have been caught off-guard by a string of attacks on 5G masts. They weren’t expected and the corporate media has obviously been tasked to assure us that 5G masts don’t pose any health hazard.

Nonetheless, there are very good reasons to be concerned about 5G health hazards, as we explain in the footnote. However, the Guardian has been called upon to do a whitewash. As will become clear in the footnote.

At least 20 UK phone masts vandalised over false 5G coronavirus claims

Jim Waterson and Alex Hern – The Guardian April 6, 2020

5G mast damaged by fire in Sparkhill, Birmingham. Click to enlarge

At least 20 mobile phone masts across the UK are believed to have been torched or otherwise vandalised since Thursday, according to government and industry sources who are increasingly concerned about the impact of baseless theories linking coronavirus to 5G networks.

There have been noticeable clusters of attacks on masts around Liverpool and the West Midlands. Owing to the slow rollout of 5G in the UK, many of the masts that have been vandalised did not contain the technology and the attacks merely damaged 3G and 4G equipment.

There is hope that the rate of attacks may now be slowing. Network operators are particularly concerned about the safety of their staff, as members of the public have confronted telecoms engineers maintaining critical infrastructure, sometimes filming the encounters to share on social media. Mobile operators and home broadband providers estimate there have been at least 30 such incidents in the last week.

Engineers for O2 have been issued with signs to display in their vans while working. The signs, which read “Key worker, keeping your network running”, are intended to spread the message that communications workers are playing a crucial role during the current crisis.

Social networks will meet the government in the coming days to explain what they can do to stop the spread of baseless claims about 5G, although there is a limited amount that can be done to stop videos and messages spreading on messaging services such as WhatsApp.

Despite repeated assurances from international radiation watchdogs that 5G is safe, baseless theories about its purported risks have long bubbled away at the fringes of the internet – in common with previous generations of the telecoms technology. However, the rapid explosion over the last week of claims linking the new telephone standard to the pandemic – fanned by some celebrities and influencers – has caught the industry and the government off guard.

While many long-running Facebook groups have opposed the rollout of 5G technology, in the last week the social network has had to delete multiple pages encouraging vandalism of the phone network. The number of attacks rose rapidly following a suspected arson attack on a mast in Birmingham on Thursday night. Vodafone confirmed that six sites were targeted over the weekend, and other networks suggested they had seen similar numbers.

MobileUK, the industry group that unites the UK’s four main mobile networks, published an open letter to customers asking for help to stop the vandalism.

“We have experienced cases of vandals setting fire to mobile masts, disrupting critical infrastructure and spreading false information suggesting a connection between 5G and the Covid-19 pandemic,” the open letter says. “There is no scientific evidence of any link between 5G and coronavirus. Fact.

“Please help us to make this stop. If you witness abuse of our key workers please report it. If you see misinformation, please call it out. Your help will make a real difference.”


Comment – April 6, 2020

The Guardian article is at best a whitewash. While the comments from the industry group about links between 5G and Coronavirus are themselves misinformation.

Both the Guardian and the telecommunications industry body pointedly ignore warnings from literally hundreds of scientists on the adverse effects on health from Electromagnetic Fields. Fact.

According to a statement signed by more than 240 scientists who have published peer-reviewed research on the biologic and health effects of nonionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF):

“Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines. Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life.”

None of this is even hinted at by the Guardian. Not a word.

According to Scientific American: “The scientists who signed this appeal arguably constitute the majority of experts on the effects of nonionizing radiation. They have published more than 2,000 papers and letters on EMF in professional journals.”

The Scientific American article expands at length on the potential health hazards posed by EMF and 5G. Despite these warnings 5G masts are being erected across the world. While outlets like the Guardian ignore very genuine concerns about 5G health hazards and defame those who voice disquiet.

Judging from the above article, the Guardian is little more than a mouthpiece for the powers that be. Promoting disinformation, just as it once did with speculative reports about Saddam Hussein’s Weapons of Mass Destruction. Of course there were none but the Guardian, and others like it, it helped fuel concern that “something must be done” and paved the way for the invasion with such speculation.

Now the Guardian is doing the same with its whitewash of 5G and the result are likely to be just as dire, if not worse. Ed.

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