The latest generation of wireless technology is currently being rolled out in Britain, but protesters say it could have devastating consequences for future generations.
5G is being called "the new tobacco" and blamed for causing depression and miscarriages, as well as the potential to "damage DNA".
After launching the UK's first 5G network in May last year, EE currently has 5G in 50 British cities and aims to raise that number to more than 70 by March. Vodafone recently introduced 5G in Leeds, Edinburgh and Belfast, with more locations to come, and Sky Mobile promises to offer 5G in 50 UK destinations by the summer.
But not everyone is pleased about the new technology, which is promised to have faster download speeds and more extensive coverage than 4G.
Saturday is '5G Global Protest Day', with demonstrations planned in 36 countries around the world including Sweden, Australia and the Philippines.
Many people are concerned about the long-term consequences of "microwaving the planet" and cite studies linking electro-magnetic radiation (EMR) to increased rates of miscarriage, behavioural problems, sleep disturbance, thyroid cancer and depression and anxiety.
On Wednesday, UK protesters delivered a letter of appeal to 10 Downing Street pleading for an inquiry into the impact of EMR on British people's health.
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Activist Tanja Rebel told Daily Star Online the rollout of the untested technology "amounts to assault" on a non-consenting population.
"5G will be everywhere whether you like it or not, so there will be no escape," she said.
"This is of particular concern for the vulnerable, particularly children, elderly and pregnant women as well electro-hypersensitive people who are already suffering from existing electro-magnetic radiation exposure."
The philosophy lecturer from the Isle of Wight says wildlife will also suffer from EMR, which "peer-reviewed studies" have shown will "damage DNA".
"EMR is the new tobacco," she said. "Just like with tobacco and asbestos, the truth of the harm it is causing is being hidden. We cannot afford to wait another ten years for the damage to have been done."
The "lean mean corporate green-wash spin machine" of 5G will also increase the UK's carbon footprint through "thousands of satellites" and "billions of new transmitters", she says.
An activist from Reading known as 'Forbury Lion' said health and safety practitioners should be carrying out risk assessments on wifi in the workplace and antennae in industrial zones.
"They would normally do this for any introduction of new machinery or equipment, but take for gospel the claims of the internet providers and mobile devices suppliers that these pose no danger to health of users," he told Daily Star Online.
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"This is an inadequate response for those responsible for health and safety at work, especially for those in loco parentis in schools, nurseries and similar places with responsibility for children."
He said 5G "adds to the radiation smog" of the pre-existing 2G, 3G and 4G networks, but is "more detrimental" to human health than earlier versions.
"The roll-out is solely in the interests of profit seeking companies. It is 'permitted development' by central government diktat and local councils have no powers under the planning regulations to stop it."
There have been fears about EMR's potential dangers since the beginning of the 21st century after a respected physicist raised concerns about "microwave absorption in brain tissue".
However many experts have denied 5G and other wireless technologies are dangerous, saying radio waves actually become safer at higher frequencies.
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