Saturday, January 22

France, Germany and Austria take to the streets to protest against coronavirus restrictions

This Saturday there have been important citizen mobilizations against the restrictions due to the coronavirus in France, Germany The Austria, while the leaders of these countries continue to toughen the discourse against those who oppose vaccination.

In France Thousands of people have taken to the streets in various calls in cities such as Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux or Strasbourg. In Paris, one of the main acts has been the one carried out by the far-right Florian Philippot, former right-hand man of Marine Le Pen, who has denounced andl “country of tyranny, of segregation, of the separation of thousands of people.”

In the act in the French capital has been screened a video of the former advisor Donald Trump Steve Bannon and an EU flag has been torn off.

In Lyon the demonstration was of the opposite sign, with the presence of the ‘yellow vests’ and flags of the union of the General Confederation of Workers (CGT) to protest against the “Social apartheid” and under the slogan “Against co-victory. Neither guinea pigs, nor anti-vaccines”.

The mobilization against restrictions has been set on fire by the statements of the French president, Emmanuel Macron, who last Wednesday proposed “annoying the unvaccinated” to promote inoculation.

Also in Germany, thousands of people have taken to the streets, as in Schwerin (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania), in the north of the country, where some 1,600 people have gathered, according to the Police, and 2,000 according to the organizers.

The participants, who marched accompanied by drums and trumpets, carried a banner at the head that read: “Parents and grandparents say !!! NO !!! to vaccinating children against COVID-19”.

Against childhood vaccination

There was also a rally in the center of Hamburg pFor a demonstration in which, according to the authorities, some 11,000 people were expected. In Berlin, dozens of people demonstrated against the restrictions and other measures to stop coronavirus infections with a parade of 100 vehicles and a total of 150 participants, according to the Police.

However, in the city of Minden in North Rhine-Westphalia, there was a protest against the Querdenken (Lateral Thought) movement. There some 2,500 people took to the streets to demonstrate against deniers, vaccination skeptics and the extreme right. “Yes to freedom of opinion and union, but decidedly no to hatred, threats and violence”read on a banner.

The new German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, supports mandatory vaccination and considers anti-vaccines “a small minority of reckless extremists.”

While, in Austria some 40,000 people have gathered in Vienna against the restrictions and compulsory vaccination in a peaceful protest except when a group wanted to jump a police cordon and there were some arrests.

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