Published Apr 01, 2020Aphex Twin has emerged to issue a stark warning about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the political climate surrounding the health crisis, sharing his view that "you are living in a police state."
The message was first uploaded to Richard D. James's user18081971 SoundCloud profile, according to Resident Advisor, but it was then quickly deleted. However, a screengrab of the message has since been shared on Reddit, with James also revealing that his father Derek James had recently passed away.
"Huge heartfelt condolences to anyone grieving right now, I lost my father recently and it's been really tough, it was not related to C19 [COVID-19]," reads the note from James.
The message then goes on to state the following:
When you are presented with C19 statistics, you must demand whether the figures reflect people who have died WITH C19 or FROM C19. Please do not forget this.
When police carry out wishes from government, without any law being in place, you are living in a police state and it is no longer a democracy. When you are held under house arrest, when no crime has been committed, you are living in a police state and it is no longer a democracy. You didn't think this could happen did you? Do you know what rights you could lose next, can you guess?
You have been warned.
The message comes as the world grapples with 920,384 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and climbing, leading governments across the globe to impose lockdowns in attempts to curb the spread of the virus.
As of press time, 46,152 people have died from the virus, while 193,350 have recovered. Yesterday (March 31), the White House predicted that between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans will die from COVID-19 if physical distancing is maintained. Without such measures, the death toll could reach millions, according to officials.
In Canada, more than 9,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, while there have been 105 deaths in the country.