On this Saturday there were important citizen mobilizations in France, Germany or Austria against the restrictions due to the corona virus, while the heads of state and government of these countries are further hardening the discourse against opponents of vaccinations.
In France, thousands of people took to the streets for various calls in cities such as Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux or Strasbourg. In Paris, one of the key events was that of the far-right Florian Philippot, the former right-hand man of Marine Le Pen, who denounced the “land of tyranny, segregation, the separation of thousands of people.”
At the event in the French capital, a video of Donald Trump’s former adviser Steve Bannon was shown and an EU flag was torn down.
In Lyon, the demonstration with the presence of the “yellow vests” and flags of the union of the General Workers’ Union (CGT) had the opposite sign to protest against “social apartheid” and to demonstrate under the motto “Against covictadura”. Ni guinea pigs, nor anti-vaccines. “
The mobilization against the restrictions was sparked by the remarks made by French President Emmanuel Macron, who suggested last Wednesday “anger the unvaccinated” in order to encourage vaccination.
In Germany, too, thousands took to the streets, such as in Schwerin (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania), in the north of the country, where, according to the police, around 1,600 people have gathered, and 2,000 according to the organizers.
The participants, who marched accompanied by drums and trumpets, had a banner on their head that read: “Parents and grandparents say !!! NO !!! to vaccinate children against COVID-19.”
There was also a rally in downtown Hamburg for a demonstration, at which, according to the authorities, around 11,000 people were expected. According to the police, dozens of people demonstrated in Berlin with a parade of 100 vehicles and a total of 150 participants against the restrictions and other measures to contain the coronavirus infections.
Instead, there were protests against the lateral thinking movement in the North Rhine-Westphalian city of Minden. Around 2,500 people took to the streets there to demonstrate against deniers, vaccine skeptics and the extreme right. “Yes to freedom of expression and freedom of trade unions, but decidedly no to hatred, threats and violence,” it said on a banner.
The new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz advocates compulsory vaccination and considers vaccination opponents to be “a small minority of ruthless extremists”.
In Austria, meanwhile, around 40,000 people gathered in Vienna for a peaceful protest against the restrictions and the compulsory vaccination, except when a group wanted to skip a police chain and there were some arrests.