UK Quarantine Hotel guest goes on hunger strike & makes a run for freedom


February 18, 2021 - 122 views

A British father-of-one tried to break out of a quarantine hotel near London Heathrow Airport this morning and has gone on hunger strike after claiming he is being held there 'under duress', Wanted News can reveal.

Anthony Pium, 30, from Leyton, East London, was involved in an angry confrontation with security guards as he tried to force his way out of the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel 'to get some fresh air'.

An exclusive video filmed by Mr Pium shows him being forced back into the hotel. Security guards surrounded him and pushed him back as he asked to be allowed out for some air and repeatedly told them to social distance.

It comes after new rules introduced on Monday mean people arriving in England must quarantine in a hotel for ten days, which they have to pay £1,750 for, if they have been to a country with a high Covid risk, such as Portugal or Brazil.

But Mr Pium today told MailOnline of his anguish of been detained at Heathrow last night, after he flew in from Sao Paulo, where he was working for his travel agency Sky Fly Travel. He said: 'I am being held under duress. I have not willingly signed any form that consents to me being held in quarantine at a hotel because of the Covid crisis.'

Mr Pium, who was photographed wearing a Gucci hat worth £240 and a £325 T-shirt from French luxury fashion house Balmain, added: 'The only reason I filled in the form was that I could be allowed back into Britain. 

'They gave me this passenger locator form and I signed it with the words 'under duress' on it. They have tried to fine me £500 and told me that I have to pay £1750 for the hotel. But I haven't said yes to any of this. 

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