So the thejunkie is basically elevateing this infamous operators Nov 27th twitter run:
There is an ongoing, high volume and coordinated effort on anti lockdown and far right adjacent Telegram groups over the past few days to target the National Parents’ Council Primary (NPC).
Do the NPC even know this, before giving comment?
Parents ‘will not send children to school’ if mandatory face masks introduced, groups warn Nphet recommends students aged nine or over should wear masks indoorshttps://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/parents-will-not-send-children-to-school-if-mandatory-face-masks-introduced-groups-warn-1.4739922
Some background. This coordination against any measures that might better protect children and education workers in education settings is rooted in the belief that Covid is false.
And that lawyersforjustice @ Yahoo dot com are real.
See this template letter from Oct 2021
This is from a Telegram group set up to attract anxious Irish parents.
It has over 2,200 members (w 200+ online right now)
It’s dripping with stuff like this from Alex Jone’s InfoWars
“FDA Documents Show Pfizer Secretly Added Heart Attack Drug to Children’s COVID Vaccines”
Also full of posts from “Covid Red Pills”, which is quite simply about using covid anxieties and conspiracy to push people to more explictly far right narratives.
In a clear demonstration of the feedback loops, these groups are seeing the results of their coordinated effort reported in national newspapers, claiming it as a win and pushing to keep up the momentum.
See the comments on the Indo’s recent report below
Here there is sharing across Telegram groups of template letter. I havent d/led but ni previous experience its quite likely any legal advice is bogus at best
Also saying NPC phonelines are being overrun.
“Camps might be coming but sitting doing nothing wont help. If u are posting here they know who u are anyway. No time for cowards or talk just action. Email. Red pill. Protest. Social media. Letters . Quadruple it our children need this”
‘Camps’ ‘red pill’ are red flags here.
So those template letters have A LOT of red flags
“If we are the last line of defence of the children of this School and in this country, then so be it. We are prepared to stand up to protect the children of this School and this country and take any necessary action to do so”
Irish ‘concerned parents’ sounding suspiciously like a right-wing vigilante group with militarist fantasy’s
‘Last line of defence’
‘Take any necessary action’
This is a coordinated effort to wipe up those in the group and to intimidate letter recipients at schools.
Key to understanding the dynamics within and across Telegram groups. Most people are anonymous to each other. So people are claiming things, sharing things, provoking others and coordination/being led.
All without any of the social cues, friction or consequences of public speech
Far right activists from Barrett’s fascist group NP have made a list of Telegram channels together showing what groups they are active in as of Oct 2021. It includes many channels targetting schools, teacher unions and parents orgs.
I’ve redacted the links.
I mentioned Lawyer For Justice up the thread.
They were set up by Tracey O’Mahony, who has been very close with white nationalists and hate organisers the last few years.
Shane Mason, anti semite, homophobe and National Party member chatting with fellow white nationalists in UK and US about using Telegram groups to normalise hate organising.
Remember, just because someone dressed up their hate in legal-sounding language, it’s still rooted in hate.
O’Mahoney claiming that paedophilia is being planned (by teachers? unions? ??) in schools in Ireland.
Same person drafting template ‘legal complaints’ for others.
Irish Teachers/Parents group on Telegram.
Pretty sure ‘Tommy Robinson News’ isn’t a good source of education or health besides learning to be a nasty racist.
“Anti-Covid groups used Telegram to bombard National Parents Council over child facemask rules”
Good to see this covered but I hope the @thejournal_ie change this headline and opening para. Who in the world isn’t anti-covid?
Anti-mask groups used Telegram to bombard National Parents Council over child facemask rules The council has received thousands of calls and emails. https://www.thejournal.ie/telegram-parents-council-bombard-masks-covid-5615151-Nov2021/?utm_source=shortlink
OC many parents have real fears. No suggestion here those fears don’t exist or shouldn’t be addressed
You know what doesn’t help real fears?
Politically motivated snake oil chaos merchants making up shit abt masks, covid hoaxes and state communism.
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