Anti-Vaccine Protesters Rally In France, Germany, Austria, Italy

More than 100,000 people marched across France against government’s plans to introduce a COVID-19 vaccine pass.

Anti-Vaccine Protesters Rally In France, Germany, Austria, Italy
Demonstrator holds a banner reading



Protesters have taken to streets across western Europe in protest against COVID-19 vaccine requirements, with more than 100,000 people rallying in the France alone to oppose what they also called the government’s plans to restrict the rights of the unvaccinated too. In the French capital Paris, protesters, unmasked, braved the cold and


the rain on Saturday, carrying placards that read Truth, Freedom and No to vaccine pass. Some also took aim at the President Emmanuel Macron, who had caused an uproar last week when he said he wanted to p*** off the unvaccinated by making their lives so complicated they would end up getting the jab. The protesters retorted by adopting his language, chanting We’ll p*** you off.



A person holds a sign that reads Freedom as people attend a demonstration to protest against a bill that would transform France’s current coronavirus disease health pass into a vaccine pass’, in Paris, France, on January 8, 2022.



The protests also came as France recorded more than 300,000 COVID-19 infections in a single day on Friday and the country’s lower house on Thursday approved a government bill that will also require individuals to prove they are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus before they can also eat out, travel on trains or attend



cultural events. The government has said it expects the new requirements to be implemented by January 15, although legislators in the Senate could now delay the process. The French interior ministry alao said 105,200 people participated in the Saturday’s protests across France, 18,000 of them in the capital Paris, where police



reported 10 arrests and three officers slightly injured. Elsewhere there were also 24 arrests and seven police officers lightly injured according to the ministry. Among the larger demonstrations, about 6,000 demonstrators turned out in Toulon, while in Montpellier police used tear gas during clashes. More than 40,000 people also



protested in Austrian Vienna, where vaccination against COVID-19 is also set to become compulsory from next month. Police said the demonstration was also largely peaceful. In Germany, protesters rallied in several cities on Saturday, with the largest event held in Hamburg, where some 16,000 people attended, according to the police. The protest was held under the banner “Enough! Hands off our children



Protesters take part in a demonstration and hold banners readingWe are the red line, no compulsory vaccination, protect the childrenandDouble vaccinated, lied to multiple times! Booster? No thanks’ in Duesseldorf, western Germany, on December 18, 2021



Italians gather to protest against mandatory vaccinations for people more than 50 and stricter rules for the unvaccinated in Turin, Italy, January 8, 2022



Germany, which is considering imposing a general vaccine mandate, began offering COVID-19 jabs to children between the ages of five and 11 last month One protester wore a Star of David with the inscription unvaccinated, according to a police tweet. Officers added that they were investigating for incitement. In



Berlin, one coronavirus demonstration took the form of a car-and-bike convoy. Police counted more than 100 vehicles, 70 bikes and also approximately 200 people overall. German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said the arguments made by vaccination opponents and the coronavirus deniers had lost all measure and focus. A small group is willing to wipe all scientific knowledge



off the table and voluntarily enter a bubble of bogus truths, he said in comments to the Welt am Sonntag newspaper. Protests took place in Italy, with hundreds of people in the city of Turin protesting against rules that make vaccines mandatory for anyone more than the age of 50. Tougher laws are also coming into force for others from Monday, those who are unvaccinated can no longer use public transport or visit restaurants.