Anti-vaccine passport protests in France swelled for the third weekend in a row.
Protests happened in dozens of cities across the country.
Preliminary estimates suggest that over 100,000 took to the streets to protest these vaccine passport mandates.
In some cases, it appeared that law enforcement initiated violence towards the peaceful protesters.
One incident shows an incendiary device being set off after the police charged the protesters.
Watch the video below:
EXPLOSION: An an incendiary device is set off after Paris police charged a large group of anti-vaccine passport protesters. pic.twitter.com/Bd5nFy97Df
— Election Wizard (@ElectionWiz) July 31, 2021
But that’s not all.
Doctors and healthcare workers joined the protests this week.
The healthcare workers in France are joining the public against the vaccine passport mandates.
And despite the fact that healthcare workers are on the frontlines of the pandemic, the police charged and attacked them:
Healthcare workers hand in hand standing up to police in Paris, France protesting against the Macron government domestic vaccine pass. pic.twitter.com/IABbaxE4TA
— Marie Oakes (@TheMarieOakes) July 31, 2021
Here’s another video that shows the massive crowds in France.
One Day More 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/3nkuqaKjml
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) July 31, 2021
The Associated Press confirms that protests in France intensified for the third weekend in a row:
Thousands of people protested France’s special virus pass with marches through Paris and other French cities on Saturday. Most demonstrations were peaceful, but sporadic clashes with riot police marked protests in the French capital.
Some 3,000 security forces deployed around Paris for a third weekend of protests against the pass that will be needed soon to enter restaurants and other places. Police took up posts along the Champs-Elysees to guard against an invasion of the famed avenue.
With virus infections spiking and hospitalizations rising, French lawmakers have passed a bill requiring the pass in most places as of Aug. 9. Polls show a majority of French support the pass, but some are adamantly opposed. The pass requires a vaccination or a quick negative test or proof of a recent recovery from COVID-19 and mandates vaccine shots for all health care workers by mid-September.
Across the Alps, thousands of anti-vaccine pass demonstrators marched in Italian cities including Rome, Milan and Naples for the second consecutive week. Milan demonstrators stopped outside the city’s courthouse chanting “Truth! “Shame!” and “Liberty!” while in Rome they marched behind a banner reading “Resistance.” Those demonstrations were noisy but peaceful.
For anti-vaccine pass demonstrators in France, “Iiberty” was the slogan of the day. The marches drew some 204,000 people around the country. Some 14,250 people hostile to the pass protested in Paris, several thousand more than a week ago.
Hager Ameur, a 37-year-old nurse, said she resigned from her job, accusing the government of using a form of “blackmail.”
“I think that we mustn’t be told what to do,” she told The Associated Press, adding that French medical workers during the first wave of COVID-19 were quite mistreated. “And now, suddenly we are told that if we don’t get vaccinated it is our fault that people are contaminated. I think it is sickening.”
Tensions flared in front of the famed Moulin Rouge nightclub in northern Paris during what appeared to be the largest demonstration. Lines of police faced down protesters in up-close confrontations during the march. Police used their fists on several occasions.
As marchers headed eastward and some pelted police with objects, police fired tear gas into the crowds, plumes of smoke filling the sky. A male protester was seen with a bleeding head and a police officer was carried away by colleagues. Three officers were injured, the French press quoted police as saying. Police, again responding to rowdy crowds, also turned a water cannon on protesters as the march ended at the Bastille.
A calmer march was led by the former top lieutenant of far-right leader Marine Le Pen who left to form his own small anti-EU party. But Florian Philippot’s new cause, against the virus pass, seems far more popular. His contingent of hundreds marched Saturday to the Health Ministry.
Among those not present this week was Francois Asselineau, leader of another tiny anti-EU party, the Popular Republican Union, and an ardent campaigner against the health pass, who came down with COVID-19. In a video on his party’s website, Asselineau, who was not hospitalized, called on people to denounce the “absurd, unjust and totally liberty-killing” health pass.
French authorities are implementing the health pass because the highly contagious delta variant is making strong inroads. More than 24,000 new daily cases were confirmed Friday night — compared to just a few thousand cases a day at the start of the month.
Here’s a question for the media:
Why aren’t you showing these protests?
You showed us protests of BLM riots for months!
If protests are newsworthy, then shouldn’t these be covered as well?
More video posted on social media showcases the massive scale of these protests.
We haven’t seen anything like it!
More footage from the protest in France. pic.twitter.com/2CVM0wyeOp
— Apex World News (@apexworldnews) July 31, 2021
THE WORLD IS WAITING ON THE HOME OF THE BRAVE TO WAKE UP: Hundreds of thousands are taking to the streets in Paris, Nice, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Marseille, and many more cities across France to protest jab passports and mandate pic.twitter.com/oqzkvxnZYR
— VeBee🇺🇸✝️ (@VeBo1991) July 31, 2021
LOOK at the protest in Nice, France against the government’s vaccine passport! pic.twitter.com/U65cQ3zYIE
— Election Wizard (@ElectionWiz) July 31, 2021
— Nat (@Arwenstar) July 31, 2021
Thousands of people protest #France’s special virus pass by marching through French cities, with some in #Paris clashing with riot police, who fire tear gas.https://t.co/GktALX31aN pic.twitter.com/vgU0LZQQ0e
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) August 1, 2021
— king of Confesssions Keith (@KaConfessor) July 31, 2021
Police are using water cannons and tear gas against demonstrators in France who have returned to the streets for a third weekend to protest against health pass checks at all shops, restaurants, and transportation.pic.twitter.com/LFIupo00MK
— Michael P Senger (@MichaelPSenger) July 31, 2021
But it’s not just France.
These protests have apparently inspired copycat protests in other countries throughout Europe.
One of the largest demonstrations also happened in Switzerland.
Government plans to make access to public spaces conditional on health checks have provoked more protest demonstrations in France, Switzerland and Italy.
Under the schemes, vaccination cards, or a recent negative Covid-19 test, are to be made obligatory for those wanting to visit cultural, sporting and social events.
Throughout France, around 200.000 people took to the streets to protest against the proposals, which would also make vaccinations compulsory for health workers. In Paris, a demonstration resulted in clashes with police.
“Personally, I am not vaccinated, and I won’t be,” said one protester. “It doesn’t matter what we are forbidden from doing, going to stores, swimming pools, cinemas, it doesn’t matter … Life is priceless. Freedom, that’s precisely it, freedom to not to be vaccinated, and not to give in to the government’s blackmail.”
Across the border in Switzerland opposition to covid vaccines is not as strong but still more than 4,000 people gathered in Lucerne to protest against any kind of vaccine restrictions. Like the demonstrators in France, they see such a policy as an attack on civil liberties.
And in neighbouring Italy, there were two protests in Rome. One was organised by political groups opposed to restrictions on vaccinated people and the other by bar and restaurant owners. The Green Pass will be required in the country from August 6 to enter most indoor public spaces.
It appears that more protests are planned for the upcoming weekend.
With vaccine passports being encouraged in some corners of the United States, will we see similar protests here?
Only time will tell.