In France, more than a hundred thousand people came out to protest
More than 114 thousand people came out to protest against sanitary passes required to visit cafes and restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic. This was announced on July 18 by the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the country.
Protests were held in Paris, Nantes, Strasbourg, Perpignan, Bordeaux, Nice, and a number of other cities. In Paris, the total number of participants in the protest march and other actions amounted to more than 18 thousand people. The demonstrators called on the French government to abandon the introduction of new restrictions due to the threat of the spread of the coronavirus.
Police officers blocked the center of the French capital for several hours. People walked with banners, chanted slogans calling on the government to abandon sanitary passes and return people to freedom of movement.
Recall that on July 12, French President Emmanuel Macron issued a decree on mandatory vaccination of a number of categories of workers due to the deterioration of the epidemic situation in the country. Starting from August of this year, citizens will be required to present passes to visit bars, cafes, and restaurants, as well as shopping centers. In addition, long-distance trains and airports will be allowed only those who have been vaccinated, or with a negative result of a PCR test.
Earlier it was reported that the police in Paris used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting against the restrictions imposed due to the increasing number of patients infected with the delta strain.
TAGS: FRANCE, PROTESTS, CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19
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