Monday, August 9, 2021

Vaccine pass protests continue in Europe

France, Italy see mass protests against COVID health pass - Deutsche Welle:

August 8, 2020 -"Protesters took to the streets in France and Italy on Saturday in opposition to COVID rules that they say infringe on their civil liberties but which officials argue are needed to curb the coronavirus pandemic.... Demonstrations against France's health pass and mandatory vaccines for health care workers entered their fourth weekend, with Saturday seeing the largest rally yet. An estimated 237,000 people turned out nationwide, according to the Interior Ministry. The figure exceeds the attendance a week ago [of] 204,000 protesters.

"While 17,000 people turned out in Paris, much of the focus was in southern France — where between 10,000 and 20,000 people marched in Nice alone. In contrast to prior weekends, the demonstrations were largely peaceful. The more major scuffles broke out between protesters and police in Lyon, France's third-largest city. The city of Bayonne and other areas of southern France saw larger numbers of protesters... "The protests come on the heels of a Constructional Council ruling on Thursday [that] approved the government's plan for the health pass and vaccine requirements for workers in hospitals in nursing homes....

"Italy also saw thousands turn out against the implementation of the country's Green Pass, which is now required for teachers and for people to attend indoor events. News agency ANSA reported that 'thousands' marched in the city of Milan at an unauthorized protest.... Another 1,500 people gathered in Rome, posters reading: 'No Green Pass!' while in Naples, around 100 anti-vax protesters demonstrated against vaccinations for children....

"The health pass in France and the Green Pass in Italy are both digital certificates that provide proof of a person's coronavirus status.... The pass is already required in France for those who want to go to the movie theater or attend other major events. Starting on Monday, it will also be required for those who want to visit bars and restaurants, or for those traveling on long-distance trains or on airplanes. In Italy, the Green Pass is required to enter museums, sports venues, cinemas and for indoor dining. School teachers, university staff and university students are also required to show the pass."

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