More than 100,000 people took to the streets in France over the weekend to protest the country’s new vaccination and “health pass” requirements.
As AP reports, protesters on both sides of the political aisle showed up en masse to protest the new rules, one of which prohibits people from entering public places, like restaurants and movie theaters, without showing a “health pass”:
“They denounced the government’s decision on Monday to make vaccines compulsory for all health care workers, and to require a “health pass” proving people are fully vaccinated, have recently tested negative or recovered from the virus in order to access restaurants and other public venues. President Emmanuel Macron’s government is presenting a draft law Monday to enshrine the measures.”
French outrage at the restrictions on personal freedom has become so strong, that some protesters took to vandalizing and burning down vaccination centers, the BBC reports:
“Two vaccination centres have been ransacked in France, as people protested against the introduction of tougher coronavirus rules.
“One site in south-east France was vandalised and flooded using fire hoses on Friday night, authorities said.
“A day later, another clinic in the south-west was partially destroyed by an arson attack, local media reported.”
One French health care worker who called the rules “an act of violence” made the news highlight reels by dressing up as the Statue of Liberty. The statue, a gift to the U.S. from the people of France in the 1800’s, is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy.
HAPPENING: Massive demonstration on the streets of Paris against the newly annoncier French vaccine passport. Protesters chanting “freedom” and calling for the resignation of President Macron. pic.twitter.com/TvoIyKALGI— Election Wizard (@ElectionWiz) July 17, 2021
Paris. Black, white, Christians, Muslims, all chanting “Liberte.” A government’s worst nightmare. People united. pic.twitter.com/BDAdtmyJnu— THOR the Deplorable 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@ThorDeplorable) July 16, 2021