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French Police Barely Control Crowd as 161,000 Protest Against COVID Mandates


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It appears we may have a second French Revolution on our hands.

This weekend, protests happened in over two dozen French cities.

The people were protesting against draconian COVID-19 vaccination mandates and shutdown orders.

The largest protest saw 161,000 people, according to early estimates from local officials.

This is now the third weekend in a row where the people have taken to the streets to hold their government accountable.

Things began getting violent.

It appeared that the crowd was about to enter government buildings, but the police were barely able to hold them back.

Watch the footage below:

Another angle from the protest in Paris shows the sheer size of the crowd.

Again, keep in mind that this is just 1 of two dozen cities where protests happened in France.

We predict that the protests in France will continue to grow?

Why?

Because despite the massive protests, the French parliament decided to pass and enact vaccination passports.

This is clearly against the will of the people.

Politico confirms:

Despite growing protests, French lawmakers have moved a step closer to passing a bill that would introduce obligatory coronavirus vaccinations for certain professions and condition access to cultural and leisure spaces, as well as travel, on a health pass showing proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

The French Senate late Saturday approved the bill but introduced changes to the government’s draft to exempt minors and remove restaurant and cafe terraces from places requiring the new passe sanitaire. Senators also tabled an amendment to postpone implementation of the new rules to September, instead of August. The law now needs final approval from the lower house of parliament.

Ahead of the Senate vote, more than 160,000 people protested across France against the proposed restrictions, up by some 50,000 on demonstrations last weekend. Around 35 percent of French citizens support such protests according to a new poll.

That’s significantly lower than backing at the start of other recent-anti-government protest movements, such as the so called Yellow Jackets who rose up against fuel price hikes in 2018. Many Yellow Jackets have joined demonstrations against the health pass.

The protesters denounced what they call a “sanitary dictatorship” and claim the health passes violate individual freedom.

France’s government has been keeping a watchful eye on the protest movement, fearing a new social crisis over the summer and into the autumn since the demonstrations have managed to attract sizeable crowds despite the summer vacation. After last week’s protests, the government made several concessions, including lowering fines for noncompliance, pushing back deadlines and changing rules for shopping malls.

Several other European countries are moving ahead with vaccine passes in an effort to hold back the resurgent pandemic while allowing citizens to return to something like a normal social life.

In Germany this issue is politically divisive. Chancellor Angela Merkel ruled out a French-style approach last week, but her Chancellory chief of staff Helge Braun on Sunday indicated such moves could be coming if new cases continue to rise. “Those who have been vaccinated will definitely have more freedom than those who have not been vaccinated,” he told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

“If the incidence of infection is high despite testing concepts, unvaccinated people would have to reduce their contacts,” Braun explained. “This may also mean that certain offerings such as restaurants, movies and stadium visits would no longer be possible, even for tested unvaccinated people, because the residual risk is too high.”

It appears the unrest is becoming global in scale.

You see, Democrats want to blame vaccine hesitation solely on the Republican Party and on President Trump.

But it’s clear to see that the millions of people around the world still believe in freedom.

They believe in choice.

They believe in free will.

And that’s worth protesting for!

This new law would mandate vaccination for anyone who works in healthcare.

You must also have a vaccine passport to go to a restaurant, train station, or any other public venue.

The Associated Press has more details:

France’s parliament approved a law early Monday requiring special virus passes for all restaurants and domestic travel and mandating vaccinations for all health workers.

Both measures have prompted protests and political tensions. President Emmanuel Macron and his government say they are needed to protect vulnerable populations and hospitals as infections rebound and to avoid new lockdowns.

The law requires all workers in the health care sector to start getting vaccinated by Sept. 15, or risk suspension. It also requires a “health pass” to enter all restaurants, trains, planes and some other public venues. It initially applies to all adults, but will apply to everyone 12 and older starting Sept. 30.

To get the pass, people must have proof they are fully vaccinated, recently tested negative or recently recovered from the virus. Paper or digital documents will be accepted. The law says a government decree will outline how to handle vaccination documents from other countries.

The bill was unveiled just six days ago. Lawmakers worked through the night and the weekend to reach a compromise version approved by the Senate on Sunday night and by the National Assembly after midnight. The rules can be applied through Nov. 15, depending on the virus situation.

Macron appealed for national unity and mass vaccination to fight the resurgent virus, and lashed out at those fueling anti-vaccine sentiment and protests.

About 160,000 people protested around France on Saturday against a special COVID-19 pass for restaurants and mandatory vaccinations for health workers. Many marchers shouted “liberty!” and said the government shouldn’t tell them what to do.

Visiting a hospital in French Polynesia afterward, Macron urged national unity and asked, “What is your freedom worth if you say to me ‘I don’t want to be vaccinated,’ but tomorrow you infect your father, your mother or myself?”

This makes France the first country in the world to mandate vaccine passports.

Will the United States follow in its footsteps?

Time will tell.

This is why it’s so important for the citizenry of our country to remain informed and aware of all the issues.

Freedom and liberty must always come first.



 

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