Stronger mobilization and politicization against government health policy

Possession of this document will be mandatory, almost everywhere, from August 9
(Paris, July 31, 2021 – thousands of people in France protested today against the introduction of special covid passes and on that occasion there was a conflict with the police)

The third weekend of protests of citizens against the introduction of the so-called health passport into general use was held in cities across France yesterday. According to official estimates, a total of more than two hundred thousand citizens took to the streets, which is more than the previous weekend.

At the same time, the number of infected but also admitted to hospitals continues to grow in France. The University Clinic in Strasbourg warns that infected patients with complications are getting younger and that they have not been vaccinated almost without exception.

A health passport is a document that must contain either a vaccination certificate or a fresh negative test result. Possession of this document will be mandatory, almost everywhere, from August 9.

Paris, 31.07.2021 – thousands of people in France protested today against the introduction of special covid passes and on that occasion there was a conflict with the police

Protests with occasional clashes with police

About three thousand policemen and gendarmes were mobilized this weekend as well, because the authorities correctly predicted that the riots and break-ups that happened seven days ago in Paris would be repeated.

Members of extreme left and right political groups have once again infiltrated citizens who peacefully express their views.

In Paris, at around 3 pm on the Republic Square, the police responded with tear gas to projectiles and firecrackers that were thrown at them from the crowd, shouting “No to dictatorship” or singing the national anthem of Marseilles.

This procession was formed near the Montparnasse station at the invitation of the ultra-rightist Florian Filippo, a “dissident” of the former National Front, and now the head of the Patriot Party. Participants carried a French and one torn European flag, and most of them were without masks. The team of the national state agency France Press had to stop covering the photojournalism of the events because they were hit by a crowd that cursed and insulted them.

In the Bastille square, the forces of order used hoses to disperse the mass from which various projectiles were flying. Firefighters intervened because two garbage cans were set on fire.

In Montpellier in the south of the country, thugs among the protesters attacked a pharmacist who tested citizens on the street for kovid19. “Murderer, traitor,” they shouted at him.

More citizens demonstrated in this city yesterday than in the previous week: Eight and a half thousand of them shouted slogans against President Macron and chanted “Freedom, freedom”.

A protest column gathered 1,200 people in Strasbourg, but it was calmer and without a conflict with the police.

More or less similarly last Saturday in the other 150 cities in France.


Lille, 31.07.2021 – protests in France over the announcement of the introduction of special passes for restaurants for people vaccinated against Covid-19

Distrust in state policy

Interior Minister Gerard Darmanen congratulated the security forces on the “job done” and tried to lower the temperature by saying that the government had taken into account the messages of the demonstrators.

Gabriel Atal, a government spokesman, however, spoke on Twitter in a sharp tone, as if he had decided to dig up war axes, which have never been completely forgotten since the “yellow vests” in 2018.

“What is their plan?” Chaos. And who is their target? Those who protect you. Threats and violence. We will not give in to them. “Endless thanks to all the pharmacists and medical workers who protect us in the middle of summer,” Atal wrote on Twitter.

Yesterday, the president of the association of liberal (family) doctors of France, Dr. Ludovico Taro, criticized the government spokesman for his aggressiveness, which is completely inappropriate if it is considered that the primary goal is to encourage people to get vaccinated.

Most doctors in public appearances advocate vaccination and call for it, but refuse to show solidarity with the Macron administration because there is a general belief that everything the President of the Republic does – works in the function of his re-election for the highest state position.

“There is so much information that people can hear contradictory every day, that we should not be surprised that many of them do not trust and hesitate. “You cannot approve them in an aggressive way, but pedagogical work is needed,” he said.

So far, the government has not worried about the protest movement against the health passport, because a huge number of French people have opted for vaccination.

Now, however, we see that the movement is not slowing down and even getting stronger. The radicalization of the protest could occur if caterers and teaching staff from schools, who refuse to play the role of health passport controllers, join the movement en masse.

According to public opinion polls, the protest movement against the health passport is supported by only 12 percent of the population of France, while as many more say that they have sympathy for it. This is indirectly confirmed by statistics: In France, which has a population of 67 million, over 62% of the population has received the first vaccine so far, while about 46% have received both doses.

Citizens who want to lead as normal a life as possible will actually be forced to be vaccinated because without that they will not be able to move freely. To prevent those most persistent from functioning with test confirmations every two days, the government has announced that tests will have to be paid for – from mid-October.

The health passport has been in use since July 21 during cultural events. The use of “passports” will be extended from August 9 to cafes, restaurants, fairs, salons, trains, etc.

After the confirmation of the Parliament and the Senate, a definitely positive opinion of the Constitutional Council is expected these days about the health passport.

Suspected of abusing the infection

Citizens who have been vaccinated but believe that the Macron administration is abusing the contagious situation in order to “seduce a society under control”, which operates on the principle of threat and punishment – as recently heard from the opposition in the local Parliament, are also participating in the protest movement.

Paradoxically, the government itself, which has once again compromised itself these days, paradoxically gives additional arguments to the opponents of the vaccine. the government-is-slowing-down-clinical-trials-of-the-drug-of-the-paster because the commission of the Ministry of Health refused to issue a permit for the accelerated procedure of the clinical trial of the drug against kovida19 of the Pasteur Institute. It is an anti-inflammatory drug that is already on the market, but with a different purpose, which means that this drug has already passed the first two phases of testing. At the same time, accelerated procedures for temporary authorization were given without problems to large pharmaceutical corporations for vaccines.

There is a growing impression that the government is an accomplice of the pharmaceutical industry. Together, they seem to agree that doctors should be abolished and replaced by an industry that deals with diseases from the managerial aspect, and not by treating people who are not profitable.

Source: Balkan Magazin – Aktuelnosti by

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