Protesters opposed to COVID measures clash with police in Paris

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Reuters 24 July, 2021 - 12:44pm 87 views

PARIS, July 24 (Reuters) - French anti-riot police fired teargas on Saturday as clashes erupted during protests in central Paris against COVID-19 restrictions and a vaccination campaign, television reported.

Police sought to push back demonstrators near the capital's Gare Saint-Lazare railway station after protesters had knocked over a police motorbike ridden by two officers, television pictures showed.

Images showed a heavy police presence on the capital's streets. Scuffles between police and demonstrators also broke out the Champs-Elysees thoroughfare, where teargas was fired and traffic was halted, the pictures showed.

At another protest called by far-right politicians in west Paris, demonstrators opposed to anti-coronavirus measures carried banners reading "Stop the dictatorship".

Across France, protests were planned in cities including Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes and Toulouse.

An official with France's interior ministry said 161,000 people had demonstrated across the country on Saturday, up from 114,000 a week earlier.

French lawmakers are due to vote this weekend on a bill drafted by the government aimed at setting up a health pass and mandatory vaccination for health workers.

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Protesters against COVID restrictions clash with police in Paris – BFM Tele

INQUIRER.net 25 July, 2021 - 01:37am

Protesters hold placards and banners during a demonstration called by the “yellow vest” (gilets jaunes) movement against France’s restrictions to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Paris, France, July 24, 2021. (REUTERS)

PARIS — Anti-vaccination protesters and other demonstrators against COVID-19 restrictions in France clashed with the police in central Paris on Saturday, leading anti-riot forces to use teargas, BTM Television reported.

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Protesters against COVID restrictions clash with police in Paris – BFM Tele

The Straits Times 25 July, 2021 - 01:37am

Protesters hold placards and banners during a demonstration called by the “yellow vest” (gilets jaunes) movement against France’s restrictions to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Paris, France, July 24, 2021. (REUTERS)

PARIS — Anti-vaccination protesters and other demonstrators against COVID-19 restrictions in France clashed with the police in central Paris on Saturday, leading anti-riot forces to use teargas, BTM Television reported.

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Demonstrators Clash With Police in Paris as French Protest Against COVID-19 Passes - Videos

Sputnik International 24 July, 2021 - 01:10pm

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The demonstrations against a bill requiring the French people to have a special COVID-19 pass to enter public venues - including restaurants and theatres - gripped the country on Saturday, with protests in Paris descending into skirmishes with police. 

The Paris authorities have given a green light to separate demonstrations, including a march that started at Bastille Plaza and proceeded through eastern Paris and a gathering that spanned across the Seine River from the Eiffel Tower. The latter was initiated by Florian Philippot, the founder of the Patriots party and a former National Rally member.

The demonstrators were marching with French flags and placards reading "Freedom", a Sputnik correspondent reported from the French capital. While the protests remained largely peaceful, tensions erupted on the margins of the Bastille rally, with a demonstrator throwing a chair at a police officer. The riot police responded with tear gas.

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The protests have also hit Marseille, France's second largest city, national media reported, saying that the demonstrators were singing the national anthem and chanting "Freedom."

— Taha Bouhafs 🙋🏽‍♂️ (@T_Bouhafs) July 24, 2021

​The demonstrations were also reported in other cities, including Nice, Dunkirk, Perpignan and Narbonne, as well as Reunion, an overseas French territory.

— Anonyme Citoyen (@AnonymeCitoyen) July 24, 2021

​The rallies hit the nation as the French senators were discussing the controversial bill on Saturday, a day after the lower house of parliament approved it to stem the rising number of new coronavirus cases.

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a series of new restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19. 

From Wednesday, 21 July, people visiting museums, theatres, cinemas, festivals, concerts, and amusement parks are required to have a health pass confirming that its holder has either been vaccinated or is COVID-negative. Additionally, the French president has introduced mandatory vaccination for healthcare workers.

Starting August, restaurants, bars, shopping centers, airplanes and long-distance trains will also require passes.

The new restrictions triggered a wave of protests that swept across France last weekend. Another rally is scheduled for Sunday.

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Protesters clash with police in Paris over COVID measures

Sydney Morning Herald 24 July, 2021 - 12:03pm

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Paris: French anti-riot police fired teargas on Saturday as clashes erupted during protests in central Paris against COVID-19 restrictions and a vaccination campaign, television reported.

Police sought to push back demonstrators near the capital’s Gare Saint-Lazare railway station after protesters had knocked over a police motorbike ridden by two officers, television pictures showed.

Images showed a heavy police presence on the capital’s streets. Scuffles between police and demonstrators also broke out on the Champs-Elysees thoroughfare, where teargas was fired and traffic was halted, the television pictures showed.

At another protest called by far-right politicians in west Paris, demonstrators opposed to anti-coronavirus measures carried banners reading “Stop the dictatorship”.

Across France, protests were planned in cities including Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes and Toulouse.

French lawmakers are due to vote this weekend on a bill drafted by the government aimed at setting up a health pass and mandatory vaccination for health workers.

Anti-vaxxers, Yellow Vests, and Macron critics protest across France

RFI English 24 July, 2021 - 10:52am

Television pictures showed police trying to push back demonstrators near Paris' Gare Saint-Lazare railway station after the protesters pushed over a police motorbike carrying several officers.

At another protest called by far-right politicians in west Paris, demonstrators opposed to anti-virus measures carried banners reading "Stop the dictatorship".

In Marseille, a procession of 4,300 people marched through the centre of the city, filling a good half of the Canebière.  "Marseillaises" were sung under tricolour flags and banners calling for the respect of freedom of conscience - "Freedom is not injected", "We are not ready for slavery" or "Freedom is immune to your ideas", some of the banners proclaimed. 

"I'm 18, I've just passed my baccalaureate and I haven't had time to be vaccinated. I couldn't celebrate my 17th birthday because of Covid and now I feel excluded again," says Moevai Barati. 

"I will not take the injection," says Sandra, a 49-year-old nurse who refuses to give her name: "So I will have to look for another job. My life plan is changed but I will go through with it."

 "Our country is becoming totalitarian", said Jean-Claude Dib, 71, a retired lorry driver who said he was "ready to fight back". 

 In the procession, other demonstrators held up signs questioning the safety of vaccines: "Neither guinea pigs, nor pariahs", "Our children's bodies handed over to the labs, do you say yes? 

In Nice, a procession of 6,000 people caused huge traffic jams in the centre and on the Promenade des Anglais in the early afternoon. 

The marchers included anti-vaccine campaigners, so-called ‘Yellow Vests’ and opponents of Emmanuel Macron, all of whom marched under the same slogan: "Freedom". 

Finally, in Montpellier, 5,000 demonstrators took over the Place de la Comédie to cries of "Freedom" and "down with the health dictatorship", before marching through the city centre. 

"It is our freedoms that are being attacked under the guise of a health crisis," Yasmine Tellier, a 42-year-old nurse, who is vaccinated but militant for the right for each person to decide whether or not to be vaccinated, said. 

"Health care workers are being singled out for vindication (...) even though they are the ones who were at the front when the Macronists showed themselves incapable of managing this crisis," says Amin, a 24-year-old medical student who prefers not to mention his name. 

"Politicians are increasingly disconnected from people's lives: they don't listen to the people grumbling," comments Gilles Fernandez, a 37-year-old worker who wears a yellow waistcoat. 

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French protesters against Covid-19 health restrictions clash with police in Paris

FRANCE 24 English 24 July, 2021 - 10:27am

Images showed a heavy police presence on the capital's streets. Scuffles between police and demonstrators also broke out on the Champs-Elysees thoroughfare, where teargas was fired and traffic was halted, the pictures showed.

At another protest called by far-right politicians in west Paris, demonstrators opposed to anti-coronavirus measures carried banners reading "Stop the dictatorship".

Across France, protests were planned in cities including Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes and Toulouse.

An official with France's interior ministry said 161,000 people had demonstrated across the country on Saturday, up from 114,000 a week earlier.

French lawmakers are due to vote this weekend on a bill drafted by the government aimed at setting up a health pass and mandatory vaccination for health workers.

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