French police clashed with protesters against President Macron’s announced obligation to have a covid passport for people wishing to enter a shopping center or a long-distance train. Tear gas was used by law enforcement.
French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday that he would introduce compulsory COVID-19 vaccination for health care workers from mid-August.
Presentation of the so-called A covid passport (proof of vaccination or infection, or a negative test result) will be required for people wishing to enter a dining establishment, shopping center, cultural establishment or entertainment venue, as well as those wishing to travel by long-distance train or plane.
According to the bill, the obligation to have covid passes will not apply to the police and gendarmerie.
Thousands of people took to the streets of French cities to protest against the decision on Wednesday.
“Freedom, Freedom, Freedom!” chanted the crowd marching through the streets of Paris. Some of the protesters carried banners with the slogan “» No «for the sanitary passport”.
According to protesters, requiring covid passes in shopping centers or restaurants is a trampling of freedom and discrimination against those who prefer not to take COVID-19 vaccines.
“It’s completely arbitrary and undemocratic,” one of the protesters told Reuters, introducing himself as Jean-Louis.
Clashes between police and protesters took place in the French capital. Officers used tear gas.
According to police estimates, around 1,400 people protested in Lyon. Police officers used tear gas. According to the prefecture authorities, this was a response to the actions of demonstrators who threw objects at the officers.
Protests were also held in Montpellier, Marseille, Toulouse and Rouen.
Demonstrations in which, according to the police, were attended by a total of approx. 19 thousand. people were held on Bastille Day, on the occasion of which a traditional military parade passed through the Champs Elysees. Emmanuel Macron took part in the ceremony.
Source: rp.pl / Reuters, Euronews. AFP
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