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Johnson: do you trust this man not to put the army on the streets to quell unrest? Already it’s being suggested they will be ordered to guard Downing Street.

People were left confused about what to think after a news website said sightings of the army on UK streets were hoaxes – only for another paper to say troops were set to be deployed, hours later.

Images of soldiers (allegedly) on UK streets started appearing yesterday evening (March 18) – but the claims were debunked by Buzzfeed:

“Text messages and pictures have been spreading rapidly on WhatsApp on Wednesday claiming that the British army has been deployed on the streets of London ahead of a lockdown to fight coronavirus,” the site stated.

“However, there is no evidence of the military being used to impose a lockdown, nor are there any known plans for that to happen.”

The revelation prompted much humour, like this:

And there were some sharper observations about what the hoax was all about:

Now we find that there may be truth in the rumours after all.

Here‘s the Daily Mirror:

The Ministry of Defence has put 20,000 troops on standby to deal with the coronavirus crisis.

As many as 150 troops are learning to drive oxygen tankers to supply hospitals.

An 10,000 extra personnel, on top of 10,000 already at “high readiness”, will be part of a “Covid Support Force” ready to help Government departments and local resilience forums.

Reservists could be drafted into help as the crisis escalates.

Meanwhile, a Navy hospital ship which supported operations to curb the ebola outbreak could be used to treat coronavirus patients.

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel Argus, which was based off West Africa in 2014-15 during the ebola crisis, could be used to ease pressure on packed NHS wards.

No doubt the conspiracy theorists will say army involvement in medical help is a herald of troops arriving on the streets to lock us down – restrict our freedoms violently.

It is a worrying thought because the decision will be down to Boris Johnson – and he cannot be trusted.

Source: Coronavirus: British Army puts 20,000 troops on standby to deal with pandemic crisis – Mirror Online

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