In this February 17, 2022 article for BBC, Amol Rajan reports on his recent interview of Novak Djokovic, the number 1 tennis player in the world.
According to Djokovic, prior to his travel to Australia, he received a medical exemption because he had recently recovered from COVID. He says, his visa was canceled by the country’s immigration minister on the grounds that his presence could incite “civil unrest”, and encourage anti-vaccine sentiment.
Djokovic clarifies that he was never against vaccination, and adds, “but I’ve always supported the freedom to choose what you put in your body”.
Djokovic expressed his wish that vaccination requirements in certain tournaments would change but also stressed that he was willing to forego titles than being forced to take the vaccine in order to play. Rajan asks with disbelief, “Why Novak?” to which Djokovic says, “Because the principles of decision making on my body are more important than any title or anything else. I’m trying to be in tune with my body as much as I possibly can”.
Editor’s Note: We are grateful that Djokovic has finally been given the space to voice out his position, which incidentally, is the same position that most “anti-vax” people have.
This is probably what governments cannot accept. The desire to keep the integrity of our bodies is more important than any material gain we might get through vaccination. Preserving the sovereignty to make individual bodily choices for future generations is more important for us than any discrimination we might experience for not taking the vaccine. This, and science, are the foundations of our position.
We do not reject vaccination simply because we do not want to take the vaccine. We reject it because governments have not been very upfront with us. They have hidden the truth about the results of the clinical trials about these vaccines, and they have made it seem like these COVID vaccines are the only way to end the pandemic [see FDA knew COVID vaccines would lead to severe adverse events, sanitized info was given to people to prevent vaccine-hesitancy, FDA knew there would be many COVID cases among the fully vaccinated].
We rejected the vaccine because the government capitalized on fear to get citizens to follow them. Because they censored doctors who pushed for early treatment, which could have saved millions of lives. Because governments are taking over our capacity to make independent decisions over our bodies. Because they continue to push these vaccines on children who have a much greater risk of getting harmed by the vaccine than by COVID.
We condemn the use of these vaccines because our governments refuse to acknowledge the huge damage they have made on our societies, and the further damage they are causing to our children.
By disregarding the reports of huge vaccine injuries and continuing with the mass vaccine rollout, governments have shown us that Big Pharma is more important than the wellbeing of their people. And unfortunately for our governments, this is not something we can tolerate, not when our lives and the lives of future generations are at stake.
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