Kathy Sheridan: Mockery is oxygen for Covid-19 deniers

Kathy Sheridan: How is civil society to challenge their abhorrent views?

Gardaí clash with anti-lockdown protesters  on Grafton Street in Dublin. The threats to lynch public figures, the “paedophile” smears, the roars of “traitors” at gardaí, the calls to a perverted “patriotism” and “freedom”, the thuggish aggression, the casual defiance of the law. The irony is that despite the ubiquitous Tricolour, nothing about it is Irish. Language and symbolism are lifted whole from the Trump/QAnon playbook. Photograph:  Artur Widak/Getty Images

Gardaí clash with anti-lockdown protesters on Grafton Street in Dublin. The threats to lynch public figures, the “paedophile” smears, the roars of “traitors” at gardaí, the calls to a perverted “patriotism” and “freedom”, the thuggish aggression, the casual defiance of the law. The irony is that despite the ubiquitous Tricolour, nothing about it is Irish. Language and symbolism are lifted whole from the Trump/QAnon playbook. Photograph: Artur Widak/Getty Images

All of the following occurred in the first nine days of March a year ago.

The artist Al Wei Wei describing Wuhan in lockdown: “Viewed from the outside, the city might seem like a giant aquarium. Visible fish swim silently while not a drop of water leaks out. Police have welded doors shut to monitor who enters and leaves buildings. Roads out of the city are cut with deep trenches or blocked by walls. Even little paths that lead towards farmland have been destroyed. Swim down a river? There are nets to catch you.”

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