About 200 different demonstrations were scheduled for Saturday. According to local authorities, 9,500 people took part in the protest in Montpellier, 4,000 in Strasbourg and 3,400 in Bordeaux. The protest movement brought together conspirators, former members of the anti-government Yellow Leaders movement, as well as people who say the system unfairly discriminates against unvaccinated people, AFP writes.
About 200,000 people took part in the demonstrations in previous weekends, according to the Interior Ministry. However, the organizers insist that the participation was twice as high as official statistics.
From the beginning, protests have appeared in symbolism, which, according to anti-racist activists and Jewish groups, is anti-Semitic. Some participants wear yellow stars on their clothes, reminiscent of those that Jews living under the Nazi regime had to wear during World War II. Banners with the words “Qui?” Are sometimes seen in protests. (Who?). This is a reference to the Jews, whom some conspiracy theories accuse of spreading the so-called covid propaganda and enrichment in the vaccine trade.
The French Constitutional Council, the highest institution of the judiciary in the country, approved in early August the use of the so-called covid passports, which the French will have to prove when entering restaurants, cafes, trains or planes to prove that they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus or have a negative test result.
The new law, which mandates the use of covidpas, was adopted by both chambers of parliament at the end of July. Residents of a country will receive such a card when they submit proof of full vaccination with approved vaccines, confirmation of coronavirus outbreak or a negative test result. At the same time, the legislation prescribes compulsory vaccination for all healthcare professionals, which is also perceived as a controversial measure.
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The measures, announced by President Emmanuel Macron in mid-July to slow the spread of the coronavirus delta and protect hospitals from another wave of pandemics, are due to take effect next week.