More than 100 people disguised as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson staged a mock party at the Prime Minister’s residence in central London on Friday. The reason for the action, organized by a British video blogger, was a loud scandal around the parties, which, with the Prime Minister’s knowledge, were held at 10 Downing Street during the period of strict coronavirus restrictions.

A crowd of men in formal suits, blond wigs and masks depicting the Prime Minister gathered at the guarded entrance to Downing Street, turned on loud music and danced. Participants of the action waved bottles of alcohol and cardboard cups. Videos with hundreds of dancing “premieres” were widely distributed on social networks.

In recent weeks, the British media have reported on a series of parties that took place in Downing Street at the height of the first waves of the pandemic, despite the existing bans. It is known that at least two of them – on May 15 and May 20, 2020 – were visited by Johnson himself. As the prime minister explained, he believed that it was only a “working event,” however, speaking in parliament on Wednesday, he apologized to everyone who was outraged by his behavior. Representatives of the Labour Party, the Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrats were not satisfied with Johnson’s response and called on him to resign. Several of his fellow party members also spoke out for the departure of the Tory leader from his post.

Amid the scandal, the prime minister’s approval rating dropped to record lows during his tenure as head of government, and the opposition would have won the biggest victory since 2001 if parliamentary elections were held now. The likelihood of Johnson’s resignation increased significantly on Friday, when it became known that two parties at the prime minister’s residence took place on the eve of the funeral of Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip in April last year. After this information got into the media, the head of government had to send an apology to Elizabeth II, to which Buckingham Palace has not yet responded in any way.

On Friday evening, The Mirror newspaper also reported that during the pandemic, Downing Street employees did not abandon the tradition of drinking alcohol together at the end of the week, which also violated coronavirus restrictions.