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Thousands protest against COVID-19 health pass in France

CoronavirusJul 31, 2021 08:36PM ET
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4/4 © Reuters. Protestors attend a demonstration called by the "yellow vest" (gilets jaunes) movement against France's restrictions, including a compulsory health pass, to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Paris, France, July 31, 2021. REUTERS/Sarah 2/4

By Lea Guedj and Yiming Woo

PARIS (Reuters) - Thousands of people protested in Paris and other French cities on Saturday against a mandatory coronavirus health pass for entry to a wide array of public venues, introduced by the government as it battles a fourth wave of infections.

Protesters injured three police officers in Paris, a police spokesperson said. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Twitter that 19 demonstrators were arrested, including 10 in Paris.

It was the third weekend in a row that people opposed to President Emmanuel Macron's new COVID-19 measures have taken to the streets, an unusual show of determination at a time of year when many people are focused on taking their summer break.

The number of demonstrators has grown steadily since the start of the protests, echoing the "yellow vest" movement, that started in late 2018 against fuel taxes and the cost of living.

An interior ministry official said 204,090 had demonstrated across France, including 14,250 in Paris alone. This is about 40,000 more than last week.

"We're creating a segregated society and I think it is unbelievable to be doing this in the country of human rights," said Anne, a teacher who was demonstrating in Paris. She declined to give her last name.

"So I took to the streets; I have never protested before in my life. I think our freedom is in danger."

Visitors going to museums, cinemas or swimming pools are already denied entry if they cannot produce the health pass showing they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have had a recent negative test.

Parliament approved a new law this week that will make vaccinations mandatory for health workers and extend the health pass requirement to bars, restaurants, trade shows, trains and hospitals.

About 3,000 police officers were deployed in the capital, with anti-riot officers striving to keep demonstrators on authorised routes.

Authorities sought to avoid a repeat of events last week, when scuffles between police and demonstrators broke out on the Champs-Elysees.

Protesters were also out in other cities like Marseille, Lyon, Montpelier, Nantes and Toulouse, shouting "Freedom!" and "No to the health pass!".

Thousands protest against COVID-19 health pass in France
 

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Yellow Drill
Yellow Drill Aug 01, 2021 5:13AM ET
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Normal vaccines they inject you with the thing they want your system to recognize, mRNA vaccines they inject you with something that gets your body to make the thing they want your system to recognize. It still relies on your immune system recognizing and responding to the bad thing
Klaus Weyers
Klaus Weyers Aug 01, 2021 12:41AM ET
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very sad to see the gov trumple individual rights..
vic riv
vic riv Jul 31, 2021 10:24PM ET
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leave to the french to be ass 🤡... it's called a viruses you know that thing people used to say was witch 🧹🪄 craft in the 1600's... guess the forgot about the two great plagues.
Robert DZ the patterns
Robert DZ the patterns Jul 31, 2021 7:00PM ET
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the spot is still marked where guillotine stood
Stephen Towne
Stephen Towne Jul 31, 2021 3:42PM ET
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Genocide
Catherine Varns
Catherine Varns Jul 31, 2021 3:22PM ET
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Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. Nothing that they are saying makes any logical sense from a public health or legal perspective. Since COVID-19 vaccines do not prevent you from getting/spreading the virus, how do these mandates make sense to anybody? Why should there only be mandatory testing for unvaccinated people if vaccinated people are also spreading the virus? Even within the White House, there was a spreads of the virus from vaccinated people due to the Texas Democrats and Nancy Pelosi's office just in the past couple of weeks. (cont. below)
Catherine Varns
Catherine Varns Jul 31, 2021 3:22PM ET
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Every other vaccine that is mandated, such as in public schools for children, is because it is the type of vaccine that prevents people from spreading the virus (i.e. once vaccinated, you do not spread the virus even if you are exposed to it). COVID-19 vaccines are not that type of vaccine, they are simply for symptomatic relief. Further, the COVID-19 vaccines are not FDA-approved and they have given vaccine manufactureres legal immunity. I can see why many people are already contacting lawyers regarding these mandates, doubt they are legal. There is no precedence of this for this type of vaccine. There are a massive number of adverse events and deaths already reported in the vaccine adverse event reporting system related to COVID-19 vaccines, more than every other vaccine in the system combined.
Mike Ok
Mike Ok Jul 31, 2021 3:22PM ET
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Catherine Varns The vaccine does work well against earlier variants of virus. While its less effective againt later variants. It does however make the difference between life and death.
vic riv
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on the a contraire actually everyone that has been vaccinated is just a common cold they get it 97% of people that have not been vaccinated or still getting it get your facts right
 
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