Australia's Coronavirus Lockdown Protests Driven By Facebook Conspiracy Theorists - 2020-05-11

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F0.png Australia's Coronavirus Lockdown Protests Driven By Facebook Conspiracy Theorists May 11, 2020, Cameron Wilson, BuzzFeed News

Many watching had the same question: Why Gates? Why did a protest against lockdowns involve so many unrelated — and imported — conspiracy theories?

One speaker, Fanos Panayides, is the founder of an extremely active Facebook group called "99% unite Main Group 'it's us or them'" that has rapidly become one of the biggest hubs of resistance against Australia's coronavirus response.

It is populated by a colourful mix of coronavirus deniers, anti-vaxxers, 5G truthers, sovereign citizens, QAnon believers and other fringe conspiracy theorists. And all of their beliefs have cross-pollinated and converged to create a virulent — if not entirely coherent — umbrella movement against coronavirus lockdown measures.

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{{cite news | first = Cameron | last = Wilson | title = Australia's Coronavirus Lockdown Protests Driven By Facebook Conspiracy Theorists | url = https://www.buzzfeed.com/cameronwilson/lockdown-protest-australia-bill-gates-conspiracy-theories | work = BuzzFeed News | date = May 11, 2020 | accessdate = May 12, 2020 }}