While Farage talks over the shouts outside the venue, protesters attempt to disrupt a BBC debate show.
Protesters in Reading disrupted the BBC’s Any Questions program as guest Nigel Farage attempted to speak over them.
Protesters disrupted BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions outside Reading Minster as the panel attempted to answer a question about tennis star Novak Djokovic’s clash with Australian border forces.
Protesters could be heard shouting to disrupt proceedings when GB News presenter Nigel Farage was asked to speak first.
Chris Mason, the show’s host, was forced to apologize for the interruption, which lasted nearly ten minutes before coming to a halt.
“Is it time to make life unbearable for the unvaccinated, even if they are an international sports star?” an audience member named Rob asked on BBC Radio 4’s Any Question.
Mr Farage described Djokovic’s story as “extraordinary,” believing that the tennis player would not have boarded the plane if he did not believe he would be admitted to Australia.
The former leader of the Brexit Party went on to say that it should be up to people to decide whether or not to get the vaccine, and that he was still debating whether or not to get the booster shot.
However, as Mr Farage continued, shouting could be heard in the background, which the microphones couldn’t pick up.
“The way Europe, Australia, and the rest of the world treat the unvaccinated is frankly outrageous,” the GB News host continued.
“Just a few years ago, it would have been unthinkable.”
“We have one or two protesters outside the Minster here,” host Chris Mason said as Mr Farage finished his response. “Hopefully, you can still hear our conversations clearly.”
They were “adding to the atmosphere,” Labour MP Tan Dhesi joked, and it was good to “have music on in the background.”
He went on to say that Australia has its own set of rules in place to protect its borders.
Mr Dhesi, Joanna Cherry of the SNP, and Kit Malthouse, the Policing Secretary, joined Mr Farage.
Mr Djokovic was denied entry to Australia on Wednesday because he “failed to provide appropriate evidence” of his coronavirus status, according to Australian Border Force.
Unless a medical exemption is granted, all players, staff, and fans attending the Australian Open must be fully vaccinated.
Mr Djokovic, on the other hand, claims to have been granted medical exemption and is contesting the ruling.
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