The minister was walking through Westminster when he was accosted by the group, closely followed by a large group of police who formed a ring around him, escorted him inside a government building, and pushed the protesters away.
The protesters were part of a march organised by groups Official Voice and GB Resistance who are campaigning against lockdowns and the vaccine. They shouted “arrest Michael Gove” and demanded that he “justify” past lockdowns put in place to control the spread of coronavirus. They also swore at the minister and tried to film him.
These scenes would be unacceptable at any time - but seeing them this week is utterly appalling.
I trust… https://t.co/s8IOz2B9gq
— Nick Thomas-Symonds MP (@Nick Thomas-Symonds MP)
Speaking to the Evening Standard, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “The approach we have taken, particularly on issues such as vaccination, is to provide clarity and information to provide reassurance to those who have legitimate questions.
“What is completely unacceptable is for those who disagree with our approach to try and target individuals, be they ministers or schools or parents and children.
“That sort of behaviour is abhorrent and will never be tolerated in a democratic society.”
The Metropolitan Police also tweeted about the incident, saying: “We’re aware of a protest in Westminster today which is marching to a number of locations.
We're aware of a protest in Westminster today which is marching to a number of locations.
During this protest, a g… https://t.co/i7kCYxRlYG