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Thousands protest against COVID-19 health pass in France

Coronavirus NewsAug 01, 2021 01:36
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3/3 © Reuters. Protestors attend a demonstration called by the "yellow vest" (gilets jaunes) movement against France's restrictions, including a compulsory health pass, to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Paris, France, July 31, 2021. REUTERS/Sarah 2/3

By Lea Guedj and Yiming Woo

PARIS (Reuters) -Thousands of people protested in Paris and other French cities on Saturday against a mandatory coronavirus health pass for entry to a wide array of public venues, introduced by the government as it battles a fourth wave of infections.

Protesters injured three police officers in Paris, a police spokesperson said. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Twitter that 19 demonstrators were arrested, including 10 in Paris.

It was the third weekend in a row that people opposed to President Emmanuel Macron's new COVID-19 measures have taken to the streets, an unusual show of determination at a time of year when many people are focused on taking their summer break.

The number of demonstrators has grown steadily since the start of the protests, echoing the "yellow vest" movement, that started in late 2018 against fuel taxes and the cost of living.

An interior ministry official said 204,090 had demonstrated across France, including 14,250 in Paris alone. This is about 40,000 more than last week.

"We're creating a segregated society and I think it is unbelievable to be doing this in the country of human rights," said Anne, a teacher who was demonstrating in Paris. She declined to give her last name.

"So I took to the streets; I have never protested before in my life. I think our freedom is in danger."

Visitors going to museums, cinemas or swimming pools are already denied entry if they cannot produce the health pass showing they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have had a recent negative test.

Parliament approved a new law this week that will make vaccinations mandatory for health workers and extend the health pass requirement to bars, restaurants, trade shows, trains and hospitals.

About 3,000 police officers were deployed in the capital, with anti-riot officers striving to keep demonstrators on authorised routes.

Authorities sought to avoid a repeat of events last week, when scuffles between police and demonstrators broke out on the Champs-Elysees.

Protesters were also out in other cities like Marseille, Lyon, Montpelier, Nantes and Toulouse, shouting "Freedom!" and "No to the health pass!".

Thousands protest against COVID-19 health pass in France
 

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Jonathan Bates
Jonathan Bates Jul 31, 2021 22:02
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In wider news... France covid cases surge due to lack of vaccinations and mass gatherings
Matteo Sicilian
Matteo Sicilian Jul 31, 2021 22:02
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The home of pompousity and their colonial power attitude of past & present and everything French is beyond rapproché. They never look beyond their french colonies or there new colony the EU where they have all the major players in place to build the new Napoleonic empire. They are almost there.
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jan hui Jul 31, 2021 19:39
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Seems ok to me. Why not exercise risk reduction in major populace areas and travel 🤷‍♂️Going to other countries fully vaccinated also reduces pressure on local health centres.Open doors for low risk/problems
 
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