More than 200,000 people took to the streets of France again against the health certificate

Tens of thousands of French are demonstrating against the health card. EFE / EPA / Christophe Petit Tyson

The streets of several cities in France returned again, Saturday, for the fifth consecutive week, to demonstrations against the health certificate. It was promoted by the government to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 210,000 people demonstrated on this occasion. According to the data of the Ministry of the Interior.

little count Less than the amount reported to the authorities in the previous week, summarizes the data of more than two hundred mobilizations across the country. In Paris, less than 14,000 people took part in the protest, While about 22,000 people were registered in Toulon on the Cote d’Azur.

The pass that attests to this The person is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, it is necessary to have coffee on the balcony, go to the cinema or museum Or use public transportation in France. Fail that, test Negative diagnosis.

France will test all travelers from countries at risk.  EFE / EPA / IAN Langsdon / Archive
France will test all travelers from countries at risk. EFE / EPA / IAN Langsdon / Archive

for the president, Emmanuel Macron, is the way to boost vaccination, protect the population and avoid new restrictions. To his critics, this law, passed at the end of July, is an abuse of power that slashes basic liberties and divides and separates the sexes.

Demonstrations in the capital and in other regions of France proceeded without incident in the first hours, under the eyes of the security forces. Local television networks showed attendees chanting slogans “Let’s free France“,” Let’s stop the chorocura “,” Take your passport, Macron, and go. “

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This was seen by political expert Jean-Yves Camus, who was consulted by news agencies The moves are not monolithic, insofar as they would have succeeded in adding common flags to alt-right supporters, conspiracy theorists and even members of the “yellow jackets”.The protest movement initially began to protest against rising fuel prices.

“I can’t go where I want”Reported by Mary Huggett, retired.

French President Emmanuel Macron.  Photograph: Eric Gillard/Reuters
French President Emmanuel Macron. Photograph: Eric Gillard/Reuters

“There is a division between those who do not hold a passport and those who possess it, i.e. between the concessionaire and the other.”Beatrice Casal, 47, was denounced in Paris.

Since the beginning of July, this The wave of protests continues to escalate. Last week, about 237,000 people took to the streets of France, according to the Interior Ministry.

The protest now goes beyond the anti-vaccine movement and the demonstrators accuse the government of downplaying the importance of the mobilization.

Also, from Paris, in TIn Olon, in the southeast, about 22,000 people, according to police figures, took to the streets to protest, despite the recorded sweltering heat.

“We come for them so they don’t turn into guinea pigs”said a mother with her 16-year-old daughter.

A protester with a sign asking "freedom", in France during the protests over the health passport.  Photograph: Sarah Messonnier/Reuters
A protester holds a sign calling for “freedom” in France during protests over the health passport. Photograph: Sarah Messonnier/Reuters

“I am against the duty to vaccinate especially because we are still testing vaccines,” In Lille (North) Marie, a 36-year-old nurse says she’d prefer a job change over forced vaccination.

Now in France, 68% of the population (about 46 million people) have received at least one dose of the covid-19 vaccine and 57.5% have received both. Currently, the number of coronavirus cases is around 28,000 per day, and the situation is particularly critical in overseas territories such as Guadeloupe and Martinique.

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French demonstrators denounce the “dictatorship of health”, It is an accusation that angers the government. From Martinique, which had to be re-incarcerated due to the significant increase in the number of cases, this week Health Minister Olivier Veran considered that “a lot is being said” about these protests, which raise “various banners, questionable and often disgusting reasons”.

Protest in Paris over the health passport.  Photograph: Sarah Messonnier/Reuters
Protest in Paris over the health passport. Photograph: Sarah Messonnier/Reuters

The French government wants 50 million citizens to receive at least one dose of the vaccine by the end of August.

in lands French Prime Minister Jean Castilles said that vaccination abroad is much slower and that is why the Delta type of coronavirus has been hit so hard.

(With information from EuropaPress and AFP)

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