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Mast destruction - conspiracy theorists got lines crossed over the rollout of 5G

Adrian Weckler


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Controversy: A man walks past a 5G advert in London. Photo: REUTERS/John Sibley

Controversy: A man walks past a 5G advert in London. Photo: REUTERS/John Sibley

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Controversy: A man walks past a 5G advert in London. Photo: REUTERS/John Sibley

It was supposed to make everyone's life easier and better.

Already available in parts of Irish cities, 5G can turn your phone into an ultra high-speed broadband device. But it is currently being cited as an excuse to attack telecoms masts by fringe activists touting conspiracy theories that range from Covid-19 to cancer.

This newspaper has covered the damage in depth over the last week: hundreds of masts around Europe vandalised and at least two attacks here, the most serious being a suspected arson attempt to an Eir mast in Letterkenny on Easter Sunday.