UK arrests two over leaflets comparing COVID vaccinations to Holocaust

The men, aged 73 and 37, are accused of circulating the leaflet in south London in late January.

Israelis wait to receive the coronavirus vaccine in Tel Aviv after the Health Ministry announced that anyone over the age of 16 can now be vaccinated, Feb. 4, 2021. (photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)
Israelis wait to receive the coronavirus vaccine in Tel Aviv after the Health Ministry announced that anyone over the age of 16 can now be vaccinated, Feb. 4, 2021.
(photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)
British police said on Thursday they had arrested two men on suspicion of distributing a leaflet with material that appeared to compare the COVID-19 vaccination to the Holocaust.
The men, aged 73 and 37, are accused of circulating the leaflet in south London in late January.
Britain is currently rolling out a mass vaccination program and more than 10 million people have been given their first shots of the COVID vaccine.
However, there have been a number of protests in the capital from opponents of the vaccine with experts warning that a sizeable minority of people believe conspiracy theories about the vaccinations or the coronavirus itself.
The 73-year-old is suspected of malicious communications and public nuisance, and the 37-year-old was arrested on suspicion of a public order offense. They have been released on police bail until a date in early March.