Protests against vaccine mandates and pandemic restrictions in France, Germany, and Lebanon

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Opponents marched through the streets of France, Germany, Austria, and France to protest these measures.

Hundreds marched through Beirut Saturday to protest the imposition of vaccine mandates and pandemic restrictions on the unvaccinated. They claimed that individuals should be able to choose whether or not to get inoculated.

Vaccination in Lebanon is not mandatory, but authorities have been cracking down on those who have not been vaccinated or aren’t positive to PCR tests.

Saturday’s demonstration by almost 300 people downtown Beirut came just days after the daily increase in coronavirus cases to a record 7974.. The protest was held days after new restrictions were imposed by authorities, including the requirement for a vaccination certificate and negative PCR tests to be allowed into restaurants, hotels, and other similar places.

Civil servants will need to either get vaccinated regularly or undergo regular PCR tests in order to be allowed to go to work on Monday.

Many civil servants can’t afford regular PCR tests due to Lebanon’s severe financial crisis.

” No to the dictatorship and vaccination,” said one banner carried by protesters.

Health Minister Firass Abiad criticised the protesters, saying more than 20,000 people were vaccinated on Saturday alone as part of a government campaign focusing on students and teachers.

Protesters also rallied in cities across France on Saturday, denouncing President Emmanuel Macron’s intent to “piss off” people refusing COVID-19 shots by tightening curbs on their civil liberties.

Macron stated this week that he wants to make unvaccinated people’s lives more complicated so they end up being jabbed.

Unvaccinated people were irresponsible and unworthy of being considered citizens, he added.

In Paris, protestors retorted with his slangy language, shouting “We’ll piss off”.

Others had signs that said “No to vaccine pass”, a reference Macron’s push to require proof to enter cafes, bars, and museums.

Protesters marched in Marseille, Nantes, and Le Mans.

“(Macron’s remarks were the final straw. We are not irresponsible,” said hospital administrator Virginie Houget, who has avoided a mandatory vaccine order for health workers because she caught COVID-19 late last year.

The protesters claim Macron is denying them their rights and treating people unequally. He says freedoms come with responsibilities, including protecting the health and well-being of others.

France recorded more than 300,000 new coronavirus infections for the second time in a week on Friday.

Several thousand protestors marched in German cities Saturday against the policies of containing the pandemic.

The largest event was held in Hamburg, where 16,000 people attended, according to police.

The organisers had initially expected 11,000 to turn out to the rally, held under the banner, “Enough! “Hands off our children!”

The organisers asked attendees to wear masks to maintain distance and comply with rules. However, some did not heed the call. According to a police tweet,

One participant was wearing a Star of David with “unvaccinated” written on it.

Officers said they were looking into incitement.

Large activities were also expected across the country, including in the cities Magdeburg and Freiburg, Ansbach. Regensburg, Schwerin, and Ansbach.

There were approximately 1600 people who gathered in Schwerin’s northern city, according to police. 2000 was expected, according the organisers.

A banner announcing “Parents and Grandparents say NO!!! to Covid-19 vaccinations for children!”. The march was accompanied by

Drums, trumpets, and other instruments. In Berlin, one coronavirus display took the form a car-and bike convoy.

Police numbered more than 100 cars, 70 bicycles and around 200 persons overall.

Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said the arguments made by vaccination opponents and COVID-19 sceptics had lost all measure and focus.

” “A small group is ready to wipe all scientific information off the table, and voluntarily enter into a bubble of false truths,” he stated. This was a frightening and new development in German post-war history.

About 40,000 people protested in Vienna on Saturday against government measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic, including a planned vaccine mandate for the general public.

Police stated that the demonstration was peaceful.

But, officers had to temporarily stop the march.

Some demonstrators attempted to break through the barrier of police officers and were eventually detained by police.

More 1000 officers attended the protest.

Vaccination will be mandatory in Austria starting next month.

Similar large-scale protests were held across the country over this issue in recent weeks.

with reporting from AP

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