Thousands of Parisians brawl with cops on Bastille Day over mandated vaccinations.
THOUSANDS of protestors descended on Paris on Wednesday for the Bastille Day celebrations, many of whom are said to be protesting Emmanuel Macron’s decision to require mandatory vaccines for health staff.
During the protests in Paris, the Gilets Jaunes were among a number of organizations who clashed with riot police, who used tear gas and other missiles. Many appear to be protesting against French President Emmanuel Macron’s intention to make mandatory vaccines and passports across France, as evidenced by videos of trashed streets and bonfires. During the usual annual Bastille Day rallies, protests are also taking place in other French cities such as Corsica and Perpignan.
People chanted against the government and Mr Macron’s plans for mandatory immunizations as drums played in the streets.
As demonstrators kicked tear gas canisters back at riot police, tear gas was shot into the throng.
As broad swaths of people pushed towards lines of armoured officers, protesters chanted “freedom.”
On Monday, President Macron stated that the Delta variant was spreading throughout France and that new measures were needed to combat the spread.
“If we do not act today, the number of cases will continue to rise,” he said at a press conference.
PCR testing would no longer be free unless they were prescribed as part of the new measures, which also include mandatory immunizations for health personnel and passports for hospitality businesses.
It is believed that this may encourage others to seek the immunization.
Curfews will be implemented in various areas of France.
Earlier this year, France vacillated between lockdown measures as cases mounted, with Mr Macron desperately attempting to prevent a full lockdown.
Non-essential establishments were permitted to open before April, and localized lockdowns were implemented, but a 50 percent increase in instances in just two weeks prompted the government to act and impose curfews.
Mr Macron has also been accused of inflaming anti-vaccination sentiment by casting doubt on the AstraZeneca vaccine.
He called the vaccine “quasi-ineffective” un over-65s and chastised the pharmaceutical corporation for failing to fulfill its obligations.
Vaccine uptake in France has decreased, but after Mr Macron’s declaration on Monday, France’s online health portal crashed due to a surge in people seeking vaccine appointments.
Every year on July 14, Bastille Day commemorates the assault of the Bastille. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”