Deniers and far-right sympathizers take over the demonstrations that spread throughout the Gallic territory
For the third consecutive Saturday, thousands of French people protested this Saturday across the country against the extension of the health certificate, which will be required from next day 9 to, for example, be able to enter bars and restaurants or travel on long-distance trains. The rallies brought together 204,000 people in the midst of the fourth wave of covid-19, of which 14,250 demonstrated in Paris, according to data from the Interior Ministry. On July 17, 114,000 gathered and seven days later, 161,000, confirming an upward trend.
“Freedom, freedom” or “Macron, resignation,” shouted those gathered near the Montparnasse Tower in the capital. “No to the health dictatorship”, “vaccine everywhere, justice nowhere” and “freedom, resistance, mobilization”, read some of the banners.
Some 3,000 policemen and gendarmes were deployed in Paris to ensure security. There was tension and clashes between protesters and agents, who fired tear gas and used water cannons. At least three soldiers were injured, according to local press.
People took to the streets of different cities to show their anguish.
“They have prevented us from leaving our homes, they have prevented us from circulating … We are supposed to be in a democracy,” they denounce.
“No to the health certificate,” said the banner that Irina carried in the march called by Los Patriotas, a very minority far-right party. «What we are experiencing now in France is very serious. We are in a gear. Once they put the health certificate in place, it will be very difficult to back down. I am afraid of the suppression of our freedom, pure and simple, “said this Parisian, who refuses to get the vaccine against covid-19.
«They have prevented us from leaving our homes, they have prevented us from circulating … We are supposed to be in a democracy, in the country of human rights. I think we are the ones who have gone the furthest. I have the impression that we have become authoritarian “, denounced Irina.
Keep your job
Souhail attended the march to protest, after the Government decreed mandatory vaccination for health and non-health workers in hospitals and medical centers, among other groups. «I am employed in a medical center as an administrative worker, but in order to continue working I am obliged to be vaccinated. In a democracy, we should be able to choose, “he said. Despite his reluctance, he will get the vaccine to keep his job.
“Murderer” and “collaborator”, the anti-vaccine and anti-health certificate protesters shouted at a pharmacist who was doing antigen tests in a tent of a Montpellier pharmacy, according to a video published by the daily “Midi Libre”.
“We speak of 150,000 to 200,000 protesters. If I compare it with the four million people who went to be vaccinated after the president’s speech, I verify that these protesters are not in the majority, ”said Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, in statements to the local newspaper ‘Le Parisien’.