Paris (Associated Press)-Thousands protested FranceSpecial virus marches through Paris And other French cities on Saturday.Most of the demonstrations were peaceful, but some were Paris Clashes with riot police who fired tear gas.
Approximately 3,000 security forces are deployed in French capital Passes are quickly needed to enter restaurants and other places, and this is the third weekend of protests.The police are on duty Paris‘The Champs Elysées to prevent invasion of the famous avenue.
With the surge in the number of virus infections and the rise in hospitalizations, French legislators passed a bill on August 9 requiring most places to pass the bill. Opinion polls show that most French people support the bill, but some people firmly oppose it. The pass requires vaccination or a quick negative test or proof of recent recovery from COVID-19, and requires all healthcare workers to be vaccinated by mid-September.
For the anti-pass demonstrators, “freedom” was the slogan of the time.
Hager Ameur, a 37-year-old nurse, said she quit her job and accused the government of using some form of “blackmail.”
“I don’t think we can be told what to do,” she told the Associated Press, adding that during the first wave of COVID-19, French medical staff suffered considerable abuse. “Now, suddenly we are told that if we don’t get vaccinated, it’s our fault that people are contaminated. I think it’s disgusting.”
Tensions increase in front of the famous Moulin Rouge nightclub in the north Paris During what seemed to be the biggest demonstration. During the march, the police confronted the protesters at close range. The police used their fists many times.
When the marchers marched east and some people threw objects at the police, the police fired tear gas at the crowd, and smoke filled the sky. A male protester bleeds on the head, and a policeman is carried away by a colleague. French media quoted the police as saying that three policemen were injured. When the march ended in the Bastille, the police once again reacted to the noisy crowd and fired water cannons on the protesters.
The former high-ranking lieutenant of the far-right leader Marina Le Pen led a quieter march. Le Pen left to form his own small anti-EU party. But Florian Philippot’s new business, fighting the spread of the virus, seems more popular. His team of hundreds marched to the Ministry of Health on Saturday.
Among those who did not attend this week was Francois Asselineau, the leader of another small anti-EU party, the People’s Republican Party. He is an ardent activist against the health pass who has contracted COVID-19. In a video on the party’s website, Arcelino, who was not hospitalized, called on people to condemn health passes that were “ridiculous, unjust and completely stifling freedom”.
French authorities are implementing health passes because the highly contagious delta variant is making strong progress. More than 24,000 new daily cases were confirmed on Friday night—compared to only a few thousand a day at the beginning of this month.
The government announced that the health pass will take effect on August 9, which prompted many unvaccinated French people to sign up for vaccinations to prevent their social life from being shut down during the summer vacation. Vaccinations are now available in many places, including some beaches. More than 52% of the French population has been vaccinated.
Approximately 112,000 people died from the virus France Since the beginning of the epidemic.
Patrick Hermanson and Michelle Euler Paris Made a contribution.
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