A total of 114,000 people, according to the Ministry of the Interior, demonstrated this Saturday in the main cities of all France against “health dictatorship”, as they call the latest government measures to stop the coronavirus pandemic.
These measures, among which the obligatory that health workers are vaccinated and the requirement to have passport sanitary (complete vaccination or negative test) to access a significant number of social activities, will be approved on Monday by the Minister council and on Wednesday they will be discussed in the Assembly National.
With shouts and posters denouncing what they consider “health dictatorship”, asking “leave my body alone” O “Liberty” or denouncing that “Covid kills democracy”, the protesters marched to show their discontent. The majority, no mask and without respecting the safety distance.
In Paris a demonstration gathered in the area of the Place du Louvre and headed towards the Ministry of Health. Another rally was called in the capital by the small far-right party The Patriots.
In many demonstrations, people with the vests yellow of the violent protests of 2018-19 against the Government, and although there were hardly any incidents, some, especially in the capital, were watched over by a strong riot contingent from the Gendarmerie.
The only incidents occurred in the city of Lyon, where nine people were arrested when the Police intervened in an unauthorized concentration that brought together about 900 attendees, who threw glass bottles and other objects at them.
The demonstrations followed those that took place on the 14th, the National holiday from France, which brought together some 17,000 people.
“We must get vaccinated”
“I understand the reluctants who are demonstrating, but I think it is necessary to convince, at all costs, all our fellow citizens to get vaccinated,” said the French Prime Minister today, Jean Castex, on a trip to Anglet (Atlantic Pyrenees).
“The line is clear: we must get vaccinated,” reiterated the head of the Government.
The new measures, announced by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, on the 12th, they want to encourage vaccination to combat the expansion of the delta variant, which already accounts for more than 67% of all new infections detected in France.
The objective of the Government is to prevent a new wave of the pandemic affect the country and force new closures with the consequent negative consequences for the economy.
After Macron’s announcement, about two million appointments to receive vaccines were made in less than 24 hours throughout the country, and yesterday Friday the national record for doses inoculated in a single day was broken, almost 800,000.
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