Opposition to France’s compulsory vaccine regime and its so-called health pass has sparked another weekend of protests across the country. In Paris, residents are marching – but also eating and drinking – in defiance of the rules.
Thousands of demonstrators marched through the French capital on Saturday as riot police clad in helmets and body armor tagged along. The vast majority of protesters appear to have been peaceful, although several isolated incidents were observed in which police deployed pepper spray.
#manifestation contre le #PassSanitaire de #PorteDoree à #PlaceDeClichy à #Paris.#manifestation14aout #Manifs14aout #healthpass #greenpass #vaccinepassport
YouTube [4K] : https://t.co/fTcjNEF4q2 pic.twitter.com/gz42I4bJny
— TV YÉ ! (@tvyefr) August 14, 2021
A video showed protesters chanting slogans and singing songs as they snaked their way through Paris. Many were sporting the iconic garb worn by supporters of the anti-austerity Yellow Vest movement, which over the past several years has caused considerable trouble for President Emmanuel Macron. Others waved flags and carried custom-made signs and banners calling for a return to “liberty.”
« Macron, ton pass on en veut pas ! » pic.twitter.com/D1LuNLUWYT
— Clément Lanot (@ClementLanot) August 14, 2021
The march marked the fifth straight week of demonstrations held in Paris and other French cities. According to one popular Twitter account that has documented the weeks of demonstrations, dozens of events took place across France and its territories.
🇫🇷 France – Paris [August 14, 2021]
Just look at the size of this protest, it's HUGE!
This is Paris, 200+ other places also protest against Macron & #PassSanitaire. #manifestation14aout #Manifs14aout #manif14aout #NoVaccinePassport #NoGreenPass #coronamaatregelen #LIBERTE pic.twitter.com/e9heNQRgqn
— 🍌 BMedia 🇳🇱 (@BananaMediaQ) August 14, 2021
— Clément Lanot (@ClementLanot) August 13, 2021
France recently introduced a compulsory vaccination regime for healthcare workers and other groups, as well as a digital vaccination ID required from all citizens for entrance to museums, movie theaters, swimming pools and other centers. The pass is also required for indoor and outdoor dining, a policy that has been visibly contested by Parisians. In an act of growing defiance, unauthorized ‘pop-up’ street venues have attracted huge crowds – as well as the Gestapo of the Macron Nazi state who turned up to victimise the people who pay their wages..
— Remy Buisine (@RemyBuisine) August 13, 2021