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Anti-vaxxers protested outside a pantomime, shouting at families and calling police "collaborators" who "would have been executed" during the war.

The mob was furious at rumours the Hazlitt theatre would turn away anyone who isn't double jabbed.

Police at The Hazlitt
Police at The Hazlitt

Led by conspiracy theorist Michael Manoel Chaves, a 55-year-old former paramedic, they descended on Earl Street, Maidstone, ahead of the matinée performance of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Mr Chaves filmed himself outside the Hazlitt theatre and uploaded it to his Telegram channel Mad Mix Conspiracies, which has 13,460 subscribers.

He explained his group were protesting the alleged entry policy and had a family with them who had tickets but were not jabbed or tested.

In a later video he can be seen criticising queueing audience members for wearing masks to "protect against a flu" as police guard the entrance.

He claims in the clip that the group has managed to get two unvaccinated, untested families inside.

Michael Chaves outside the Hazlitt theatre
Michael Chaves outside the Hazlitt theatre

The group shouted at members of the public, comparing the UK to "Nazi Germany", and saying people will "have to have four jabs a year for the rest of their lives".

"Take off your masks and join us ladies and gentlemen," Mr Chaves shouts.

Several fake claims about the vaccine were made.

At points members of the group were told by police to stop swearing loudly in front of children.

Mr Chaves tells police officers "during the war [you] would have been executed as collaborators".

According to the Center for Countering Digital Hate Mr Chaves is the leader of Learn Something New Today, a group which believes Matt Hancock is a murderer, vaccinations kill children and Joe Biden is not human.

Adam Ceely posted on Twitter: "Would like to commend all the staff at @hazlitt_theatre for their professionalism and calm response to the protesters outside todays performance. Made my young family feel very reassured inside and gave me time to bang on about when I was onstage in 1996’s Scout Gangshow!"

A police spokesman said: "At around 2pm patrols were called to reports that a group of people were protesting outside the main entrance to the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone. Officers attended and gave words of advice to those present and liaised with the managers at the venue. "

Maidstone council said: "The Hazlitt Theatre was subject to a degree of disruption caused by a group of protesters that were anti-vax.

"The situation was dealt with extremely well as the theatre had security in place. Hazlitt staff reacted appropriately, the police were called and also attended. "

The spokesman said: "The show still went ahead without further interruption. The theatre continues to keep security in place at the venue and will do so for the remainder of the run of the pantomime. It is working closely with police where necessary. However it remains open and is looking forward to welcoming customers to the final performances over the next few days.

"Following government guidance to ensure the health and safety of staff and customers, once all cast members were showing negative lateral flow results, the Hazlitt Pantomime restarted performances on Tuesday, December 29, following a week of Covid cases among the cast and crew.A police spokesman said: "At around 2pm patrols were called to reports that a group of people were protesting outside the main entrance to the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone. Officers attended and gave words of advice to those present and liaised with the managers at the venue. "

The stunt comes after Piers Corbyn led a mob anti-vaxxers into a test centre and a pantomime in Milton Keynes.

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