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Hundreds of anti-lockdown activists held a huge protest against wearing face masks outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh this afternoon.

Around 600 coronavirus sceptics and vaccine conspiracy theorists gathered outside Hollyrood after Scotland saw its highest weekly rise in coronavirus cases since May. 

Meanwhile, Piers Corbyn attended an anti-lockdown protest in Sheffield today, less than a week after he was handed a £10,000 fine for organising a rally in London.

The older brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn spoke at the protest in Sheffield city centre.

Hundreds of anti-lockdown activists hold a huge protest against wearing face masks outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh this afternoon

Hundreds of anti-lockdown activists hold a huge protest against wearing face masks outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh this afternoon

Around 600 coronavirus sceptics and vaccine conspiracy theorists gathered outside Hollyrood after Scotland saw the highest weekly rise in coronavirus cases since May

Around 600 coronavirus sceptics and vaccine conspiracy theorists gathered outside Hollyrood after Scotland saw the highest weekly rise in coronavirus cases since May

Jeremy Corbyn's older brother Piers attends an anti-lockdown protest in Sheffield today, less than a week after he was handed a £10,000 fine for organising a rally in London

Jeremy Corbyn's older brother Piers attends an anti-lockdown protest in Sheffield today, less than a week after he was handed a £10,000 fine for organising a rally in London

Piers speaks to crowds of anti-lockdown protestors in the Peace Gardens in Sheffield City Centre

Piers speaks to crowds of anti-lockdown protestors in the Peace Gardens in Sheffield City Centre

A protestor in Edinburgh smokes a cigarette while wearing glasses reading 'Covid 1984' at the rally

A protestor in Edinburgh smokes a cigarette while wearing glasses reading 'Covid 1984' at the rally

Another protestor holds up a sign reading 'NicoLiar' at the rally organised by the Saving Scotland Facebook group

Another protestor holds up a sign reading 'NicoLiar' at the rally organised by the Saving Scotland Facebook group

He was joined by anti-5G campaigner Mark Steele in the Sheffield Peace Gardens this afternoon, with South Yorkshire Police in attendance.

Professor Jason Leitch, Scotland's national clinical director, called the protesters outside Hollyrood 'deeply irresponsible'.

He told the BBC: 'I honestly do not understand it. I think it is irresponsible - do they think we're making it up? 194 counties are making up a viral pandemic.

'I would love to have not lived through the last six months, both in my job and what we have had to do to our country and many others. 

'I think it is deeply irresponsible.'

A protestor in Edinburgh holds a sign reading 'stop this insanity now! Our kids our future' outside the Scottish Parliament

A protestor in Edinburgh holds a sign reading 'stop this insanity now! Our kids our future' outside the Scottish Parliament

Another protestor in Edinburgh holds signs saying 'no second wave, there wasn't a first one' and 'no mandatory vaccines'

Another protestor in Edinburgh holds signs saying 'no second wave, there wasn't a first one' and 'no mandatory vaccines'

Professor Jason Leitch, Scotland's national clinical director, called the protesters outside Hollyrood 'deeply irresponsible'

Professor Jason Leitch, Scotland's national clinical director, called the protesters outside Hollyrood 'deeply irresponsible'

A Scottish protestor holds a sign saying 'this is Jimmy. Jimmy isn't afraid of a virus on TV. Jimmy is sound. Be like Jimmy!'

A Scottish protestor holds a sign saying 'this is Jimmy. Jimmy isn't afraid of a virus on TV.

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