As the Delta variant of the coronavirus spreads around the world and forces several countries to rethink their health strategies, thousands of people mobilized in different European cities to protest against the implementation of the health pass and new measures that seek to contain sprouts.

One of the sources of protest was Italy, that announced this Thursday that as of August 6, only people who have at least one dose of the vaccine, have tested negative for coronavirus in the last 48, will be able to go inside bars, restaurants, gyms, cinemas, theaters, stadiums or concerts hours or have recovered from the virus.

The measure immediately aroused the rejection of thousands of Italians who mobilized in more than 80 towns and cities. The largest rallies took place in Rome, where around 3,000 people participated, and in Turin, with 5,000 attendees. Some of the protesters, who dismissed the decision as “discriminatory,” marched with posters that read “Draghi as Hitler” and “Freedom, no more dictatorship”, while others carried Italian flags and lit flares.

On France, according to estimates by the Ministry of the Interior, at least 161,000 people took to the streets this weekend in 168 protests, mainly in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Lille, Montpellier, Nantes and Toulouse. The days ended with 71 detainees.

In Paris, the Police fired tear gas during the marches that took place this Saturday to demand the end of the restrictions imposed by the government as well as to protest against the new health pass and mandatory vaccinations for certain professions. The force also used a water cannon to disperse the protesters on the avenue des Champs-Élysées. The same thing happened in Lyon, when a hundred people tried to invade a highway.

That same Saturday, there was a rally in central London’s Trafalgar Square, United Kingdom, also to protest against the confinement imposed by the pandemic and mandatory vaccination.

The mobilizations had their replica in Greece, where more than 4,000 people gathered before the Greek Parliament in central Athens to protest against the mandatory vaccination of some workers. The march was also suppressed with tear gas and water cannons.


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