IN IMAGES, IN PICTURES. Italy, France, Australia … Anti-restriction demonstrations are on the rise

Regardless of the continent, the demands remain the same. Tens of thousands of people, sometimes going so far as to denounce “totalitarian” tendencies, protested Saturday in Australia, France, Italy. In their sights: the health measures imposed to stem the resumption of the Covid-19 epidemic due to the virulent variant Delta. In France, the extension of the health pass crystallizes the anger of these demonstrators whom they perceive as an attack on their freedom. Spread across France, more than 160,000 people, including 11,000 in Paris, demonstrated against the flagship measures of the anti-covid text currently under consideration in the National Assembly. In addition to the extension of the precious sesame, these protesters oppose compulsory vaccination for certain professions such as medical personnel

Les gens se rassemblent lors d'une manifestation contre les vaccins et la nouvelle exigence du gouvernement en matière de laissez-passer sanitaire se poursuit pour la deuxième semaine à Paris, France, le 24 juillet 2021.

People gather at a protest against vaccines and the government’s new health pass requirement continues for the second week in Paris, France, July 24, 2021.

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In the ranks of the demonstrators, there were people with exposed jobs in times of health crisis. “I will not do the injection,” said Sandra, a 49-year-old nurse, in the demonstration in Marseille, the large port city in the south-east of the country, where more than 4,000 people marched according to the police. “Our country is becoming totalitarian,” said Jean-Claude Dib, 71, a retired truck driver who said he was “ready to give back blow for blow”. Two journalists from the public channel France 2 were attacked while covering the demonstration. While covering the event, they were insulted, pushed around and chased away by several individuals. France Télévisions has announced its intention to file a complaint.

Un manifestant tient une pancarte indiquant

A protester holds a sign saying “Liberty” while others wave French national flags during a demonstration against compulsory vaccination for some workers and the compulsory use of the health passport called by the French government, in Marseille, in the south of France, July 24, 2021.


In Paris, a procession essentially made up of “yellow vests”, a protest movement hostile to the social policy of President Emmanuel Macron, marched from the Place de la Bastille. Sporadic incidents pitted police and protesters and nine people were arrested, according to the Interior Ministry. Another procession party from the Trocadero was led by the far-right politician Florian Philippot, ex-n ° 2 of the National Rally party of Marine Le Pen. Between two “Marseillaise”, he denounced the “apartheid” that the executive is setting up, calling for the bringing down of “the tyrant” Macron.

Près de 168 rassemblements ont eu lieu à travers le pays avec 160 000 manifestants descendus dans la rue, selon le ministère de l'Intérieur.

Nearly 168 rallies took place across the country with 160,000 demonstrators taking to the streets, according to the Interior Ministry.

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“No to dictatorship”

Note that these opponents seem to be in the minority within French society. However, a very large majority of the population (76%) approves the decision to make vaccination compulsory for healthcare workers and other professions, according to a July 13 survey. The sanitary pass also receives a majority of approvals. There were also thousands of demonstrators in Italy, protesting again against the adoption of a mandatory health pass to access places closed from August 6. “Freedom!”, “No to dictatorship,” chanted the demonstrators from Naples to Turin. In Genoa, the demonstrators wore yellow stars which read “not vaccinated”.

Une manifestante tient une pancarte indiquant

A protester holds a sign stating “Better to die free than to live as a slave” (Better to die free than to live as a slave) while participating in a demonstration in Naples on July 24, 2021.

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On the brightly colored signs, several slogans display their state of mind. “Better to die free than to live like a slave”, one could read in front of the cathedral of Milan, when in the historic center of Rome, another presented a photo of the portal of the extermination camp of Auschwitz (where the inscription “Arbeit macht frei”, “Work makes you free”, editor’s note), with these words: “Vaccines make you free”. Thursday evening, Italy in turn announced the establishment of a health pass, which will be necessary from August 6 to frequent closed places such as restaurants.

However, the announcement of new restrictive measures in the face of the progression of the Delta variant has however caused a rush on vaccination in Italy: up to + 200% in some regions, according to General Francesco Figliuolo, extraordinary commissioner in charge of the campaign. vaccine. In England, too, protesters marched through the streets of London and Manchester. As the UK lifted sanctions this week, protesters have expressed disagreement over the mask-wearing vaccination passport and other restrictions, the Daily Mail. Among those who gathered was the British conspirator, David Icke. He had posted a video linking the Covid-19 pandemic to Jews. Facebook and Youtube have since deleted his account.

Earlier today, clashes broke out in Sydney between mounted police and protesters, as residents of the city of five million people are ordered to stay at home for a month. In Melbourne, thousands of people according to local media had taken to the streets after rallying outside the Victoria State Parliament. Signs read “Wake up Australia”, slogans echoing messages seen at similar protests overseas.

Hundreds of fines have been distributed and dozens of people have been charged in Sydney, reports British media The Guardian. They clashed with the police in what one deputy commissioner called “violent, dirty and risky behavior”. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday that Saturday’s protests – in which thousands of people violated the region’s coronavirus measures – were “selfish and doomed.” He took the opportunity to add: “This is no use. It will not end the confinement sooner.”

Des manifestants se rassemblent devant le Parlement lors d'un rassemblement mondial pour la liberté le 24 juillet 2021 à Melbourne, en Australie.

Protesters gather outside Parliament at a Global Freedom Rally on July 24, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia.

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For her part, the Premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, said she was “totally disgusted” by the scenes, saying: “It broke my heart that people have such contempt for their fellow citizens. “. Meanwhile, around 5,000 people demonstrated in Athens, Greece, carrying placards promoting slogans such as “Don’t touch our children,” according to an AFP journalist at the scene.



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