The build up to tonight’s protest
Alfie’s parents Tom Evans and Kate James have lost legal battles concerning their son’s care in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.
In February, Mr Justice Hayden ruled that doctors at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool could stop treating Alfie against the wishes of his parents following hearings in the Family Division of the High Court in London and Liverpool.
On Wednesday, during a follow-up hearing in London, he endorsed a plan put forward by Alder Hey doctors for withdrawing life support treatment.
The judge said detail of that plan could not be revealed because Alfie was entitled to privacy at the end of his life.
A video posted on Facebook features Alfie’s father Tom filming his son in the hospital and holding a letter which he says states he has the right to leave with his child.
The words “Christian Legal Centre” can be seen at the top of the letter.
“I have documentation that says I have the right to take my son out of the hospital, I have the right to take my son out of this hospital,” he says in the video.
Mr Evans said the documentation says he is allowed to leave legally, and that he has removed the duty of care and given it to their air ambulance company.
During the nearly two-and-a-half minute clip he also encouraged people to come to the hospital to stand outside and “tell them to release our son” in a “quiet protest”.
He added: “They have phoned the police over a child… Look how innocent the boy is, look at him, he lies there eagerly waiting for his trip home. “How can this come to this?”