As parliamentary controversy continued over the bill, thousands yesterday demonstrated stricter restrictions on people who were not vaccinated against Covid-19 in cities across France.
In the capital, Paris, the largest single rally began near the Eiffel Tower and was summoned by Fringe’s anti-EU presidential candidate Florian Philippot.
Other demonstrations reminded us of the 2018-19 “yellow jacket” protest, recognizing that President Emmanuel Macron is in favor of the wealthy, with more rallies in major cities such as Bordeaux, Toulouse and Lille. I did.
People in the crowd grabbed the case of Novak Djokovic, the world’s number one tennis player, fighting the Australian government to compete unvaccinated at the Australian Open next week, “no vaccination” or “Djokovic” “Freedom” was chanted.
“Novak is now one of our standard-bearers,” demonstrator Pascal told AFP in Bordeaux.
He was marching with his parents with children at a tennis club in the western city, where he said the coach was at risk of losing his job due to refusal to vaccinate.
In Paris, demonstrators raised the flags of France and the region and bannered messages such as “You are not the virus they want to control.”
“It’s Nazism, it’s apartheid, I’m not jabbed, and I’m generally against vaccines,” said Claire, a demonstrator in her 60s. The other two, Lawrence and Claire, told AFP that they had been vaccinated.
Authorities had not released national turnout estimates by late afternoon, but police or local governments each counted about 1,000 in Lyon, Nantes, Bordeaux and Marseille.
Demonstrators wanted to exceed the 105,000 people who hit the streets last weekend. Until he accepted the coronavirus infection, he may have been mobilized to declare in a newspaper interview with Macron that he wanted to “anger” unvaccinated people with new restrictions.
The first step was to revoke the government-issued “health pass” for tens of thousands of people who did not receive boosters within seven months of the first shot.
Passes that allow access to public spaces such as bars and restaurants are converted to “vaccine passes” under the law currently under discussion in Congress. In other words, you need to prove that you have a jab. So far, people have been able to maintain a negative coronavirus test and pass.
The jab was “urgent,” 32-year-old Juan Fernandez told AFP shortly after taking the shot yesterday morning.
“Every time I go out, I need a health pass. That’s the main reason I did it.”
The government has been pushing harder measures as it faces a wave of infections by the more rapidly spreading Omicron variants.
http://www.gulf-times.com/story/708027/Protesters-hit-French-streets-to-fight-new-vaccine Protesters struck the streets of France to fight a new vaccine pass