A group of conspiracy theorists promoting combat training and threatening “direct action” are planning to hold a training camp in Strathclyde Country Park later this month.
Alpha Men Assemble Scotland has witnessed a rapid increase in the number of its members on social media messaging site Telegram, shooting up from 100 to over 460 in the space of the last week or so.
Anti-vaccine protestors have been urged to go to the gym and get themselves in shape to “fight the evil” prior to attending the Lanarkshire event.
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They claim they will “fight against” the mandatory vaccination of children, despite the anti-virus jags being administered completely on a voluntary basis.
The Scottish group is an offshoot from Alpha Men Assemble UK, which has more than 7300 members. The UK group has previously called on those attending its events to wear a black uniform, including black boots and hat.
The Scottish wing’s Telegram site is “owned” by a member named Samuel, assisted by three admins.
Many of the posts urge others not to take the COVID-19 vaccines or wear masks as required in public spaces.
In one post Samuel states: “Do not falter, do not listen to the lies of the corrupt so-called elites.”
He also posted a video of an individual named Matthew who seems to be the main co-ordinator behind the UK-wide umbrella group.
He commented: “Our strong brother Matt and the other Alphas are training really hard – getting ready to protect our families and future.”
In one video Matthew tells followers: “If you think that we are going to condemn our kids to endless vaccines and medical treatments stipulated to a vaccine pass to get entry in different buildings in our country, you are very, very, very much mistaken.”
Across the UK 17 of the groups have emerged, all linked to the national (UK) one.
Members of the other UK groups based in England and Wales plan to travel north to boost numbers in a show of solidarity in Lanarkshire.
The Scottish bootcamp has been earmarked to take place at Strathclyde Park on Saturday, January 29 – but according to an earlier post on Hogmanay, a meeting was due to take place at the same venue on Sunday (January 9).
That post added: “The group is about action, not chatting or protesting. We NEED numbers!”
It’s unclear if that meeting went ahead as planned.
One new Alpha Men Assemble Scotland member praised the media for highlighting the group’s planned meeting, saying: “Gotta thank them really, I’d not have heard of this group as I’m no on social media otherwise.”
Another claimed his father worked for MI6 and posted a link to a podcast on, “How the population was hypnotised”.
The UK group has hosted several meetings in recent weeks with members taking part in military-styled close combat drills.
The group claims in a statement accompanying a video: “We are here to save the children but we will do it in a lawful manner, we will fight for their futures and we will protect our families and defend them when we need to, we do not comply with unlawful rules mandates unlawful acts of statutes.
“We will never comply with unlawful lockdowns, experimental vaccines, corrupt media corporations, or corrupt service organisations that have betrayed the people of this country.”
Police Scotland say they are aware of the event at Strathclyde Park.
A spokeswoman said: “Officers will give the area passing attention and engage with anyone in attendance.”
A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “COVID-19 vaccinations are entirely voluntary in Scotland, and those for children will only take place with the appropriate consent.
“Getting vaccinated saves lives and helps protect the NHS by making it much less likely that people will need hospital treatment if they do get COVID.
“Deliberately spreading misinformation about the vaccine is irresponsible and reckless, and anyone doing so should be ignored.”
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