Downing Street has condemned an anti-vaxxer who targeted Jonathan Van-Tam and accused him of ‘genocide’ and ‘lying to the British people’.
Footage shows England’s deputy chief medical officer being accosted by Geza Tarjanyi who appears to suggest he poisoned Matt Hancock when he vaccinated the health secretary in April.
Mr Tarjanyi, who has gained notoriety online for opposing 5G mobile networks and face masks, targeted Professor Van-Tam as he walked into the Ministry of Defence building in Westminster this week. As he follows Professor Van-Tam, Mr Tarjanyi asks:
“What was really in that needle that you put into Matt Hancock? Why are you continually lying to the British people? Why are you smiling? This country is supposed to be in the worst pandemic of all time And you keep lying to the people.”
Mr Tarjanyi is also seen shouting:
“You see, you can run, but you can’t hide Van Tam. The British people are going to get justice for what you’ve done to this country. All of you liars will be going to prison, I guarantee it. Every single one of you, a traitor to the country. A genocide.”
Downing Street condemned the abuse saying such behaviour is ‘never acceptable’. The prime minister’s official spokesman said:
“People working to fight the pandemic and save lives, which is what Professor Van-Tam is doing every single day, should never face that kind of appalling behaviour for doing their job. The right to free speech is fundamental to our democracy, but violence, threats or intimidation is absolutely never acceptable.”