AMA slams posters

A poster by The White Rose on Fletcher Street in East Fremantle.

THE WA Australian Medical Association has slammed anti-government posters appearing on the streets of East Fremantle in the wake of lockdown 4.0.

The “Real men don’t wear masks” posters include a QR link to The White Rose, an online chat group whose members are opposed to government lockdown measures and covid vaccines, and question how dangerous the virus actually is.

The protest group, who mostly spread their message through slogans on posters and flyers, is named after the non-violent, intellectual resistance organisation that operated in Nazi Germany in the early 1940s.

Led by students from the University of Munich, the group conducted anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign that called for active opposition to the Nazi regime.

AMA WA president Dr Mark Duncan-Smith says the threat of covid-19 is tangible and all too real.

“COVID-19 is not a conspiracy, as has been seen from the devastating vision from overseas, including front-end loaders digging mass graves in New York, and the carnage in Italy,” he says.

“While lockdowns represent an encroachment on civil liberties, they are a strong and effective method to control the disease, as we have seen repeatedly in Australia.

“Some Scandinavian countries decided not to mitigate the spread of covid, and effectively secured the highest death rate possible from the disease. 

“This also overwhelmed their medical system so much, they had to move to measures that did restrict civil liberties eventually.

“A micro environment of how the events will unfold when international borders come down was seen in 2017, when the principal of a Steiner school in the southern suburbs of Perth, who had anti-vaccination views, resigned after a measles outbreak at the school. The Health Department estimated half of the students were not vaccinated.

“To the conspiracy theorists who think there is a microchip in the vaccine, that the world is flat and solar panels drain the sun, it is highly likely they will eventually find that covid is real.”

Most of the posts on The White Rose are on how to print stickers and posters, as well as third-party content from around the world including the odd article from The Daily Mail, as well as content from other anti-lockdown groups like Operation Uprise.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

2 responses to “AMA slams posters

  1. Nice to see the head of the wa ama spreading misinformation. I assume he is referring to Sweden with a deaths per million rate of 1,440. This compares with uk on 1940 and top of the list is peru with an extraordinary 5,918. Peru was one of the most heavily locked down countries in the world. Sweden’s health system was never overwhelmed. I don’t know how he thinks graves should be dug in the twenty first century but I suspect spades are not so popular these days.

  2. The Herald fact-checked this letter before approval. Rhys’s raw figures are correct, but like much of the Covid debate, it’s not the full story. While Peru’s death rate is far higher than Sweden, the Scandinavian country’s overall infection rate is more than 4 per cent higher per capita than Peru. There could be multiple reasons for that discrepancy, but one likely indicator would be health care. Peru’s health system has progressed significantly in recent years, but there are many rural areas with few healthcare resources – estimated to affect about 28 per cent of the population – while access for those on low incomes is still problematic across the country. If Peruvians had a similar level of healthcare to Swedes, they may have had a dramatically improved outcome. Great Britain is even more complex, but don’t forget that Boris Johnson delayed a lockdown until late March 2020 – more than two months after Covid was first detected and when more than 2000 new cases were being reported each day. After just over a month, the number of cases started to fall and by June/July the restrictions were gradually eased. They were reintroduced in November after cases started to spike, then dropped for Christmas before coming back into effect between January and March, during which time infections dropped from around 60,000 to 3,000 per day. The point we’re making there is that a lot of Great Britain’s problems stemmed from when they weren’t actually in lockdown. • This fact-checking shouldn’t be interpreted as an attempt to tear down Rhys’s whole argument and suggest lockdowns are the best and only way to tackle Covid. The myriad ways governments have approached it should all be investigated and debated along the way to determine what was most effective. Who knows, perhaps with some tweaks Sweden’s herd immunity approach could have proven a more effective long-term strategy.

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