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Looking out from behind his sunglasses, the millionaire former property developer Richard Tice flew in a helicopter over central London.
Tice, 56, had hired the helicopter out of frustration. He believed that the “mainstream media” was ignoring the scale of anti-lockdown protests taking place that day. Thousands of vaccine sceptics, climate activists and small-state libertarians were thronging central London. They chanted, marched and, for reasons still unclear, they threw tennis balls.
Anti-lockdown activists flung tennis balls during their demonstrations
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Broadcasting live on his party’s YouTube channel, Tice described the protesters as “freedom fighters, democracy defenders, liberty lovers”.
He said: “It was my idea. I knew that the mainstream