Coronavirus arson attacks inspired by fake news 5G conspiracy hits Holland as crackpots are filmed burning down towers – The Sun
DUTCH police are investigating a wave of coronavirus arson attacks after a video was published online of a man setting fire to a 5G tower.
The revelations come as a further 20 cases of phone masts being targeted because of coronavirus conspiracies were reported in the Netherlands over the Easter weekend.
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The shocking footage shows a man pouring flammable liquid from a can over a mast and setting it on fire.
Dutch police have not confirmed a motive for the arson attacks on the 5G towers.
A spokesperson from the Dutch police said: “It is far too early to say what the reason is. We are busy figuring out who is behind it."
Police said there had been similar attacks in Rotterdam, Tilburg, Oudenbosch and Veldhoven as well as other locations across the country.
On Tuesday night alone police said there were two attacks on radio masts in the city of Almere.
Police said that all of the attacks followed the same procedure where petrol was poured onto the ground before being set alight.
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They warned that the actions could have wide-reaching consequences, including affecting the ability of emergency services to respond to calls.
Dutch Justice and Security Minister Ferd Grapperhaus previously referred to the arson attacks as "an attack on our emergency services and thus our society."
But according to sources, the police had confirmed that they were looking into the suggestion that the arson attack was connected with fears that the 5G network was linked to the coronavirus pandemic.
Conspiracy theorists say that 5G network is weakening the human immune system, leaving it susceptible to attacks by the coronavirus.
It is also claimed that the city of Wuhan had switched on its 5G network at the exact same time as the virus took hold of the city.
The claims, however, have been dismissed as groundless and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection has found no evidence suggesting 5G poses a risk to human health.
In the UK, the broadcast regulator Ofcom has already sanctioned a small radio station for featuring a guest who claimed 5G caused the pandemic.
In addition, none of the masts so far attacked actually been offering 5G.
A spokesman for Dutch telecommunications company KPN said: "No 5G masts have been set on fire, they are masts that offer 2G, 3G, and 4G connectivity."
Arsonists in the UK attacked a Vodafone network that was serving Birmingham's emergency Nightingale hospital.
It's the latest in a spate of dangerous attacks inspired by a viral – and widely debunked – conspiracy theory linking 5G to coronavirus.
And now arsonists have damaged a site that could disrupt vital phone signals to the Birmingham site too.
"It’s heart-rending enough that families cannot be there at the bedside of loved ones who are critically ill," said Vodafone chief Nick Jeffery.
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