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(en) avtonom, France: No coercion! "Yellow vests", anarchists and all-all-all [Traduction automatique]

Date Sun, 1 Aug 2021 09:45:44 +0300

Hundreds of thousands of people across France protested on July 24 against the introduction of a "health passport" and compulsory vaccination. The number of those who came to express their outrage at the measures of the Macron regime exceeded the number of participants in the speeches a week ago. The number of shares in dozens of settlements has far exceeded a hundred. Among the demonstrators were the yellow vests, marking the 141st "act" of protest, and anarchists. In a number of places, including Paris, battles with the police broke out. ---- Demonstrations and marches of thousands began in the morning in cities such as Aix-en-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhône), Chambery (Savoie) and Perigueux (Dordogne). In Paris, the first demonstrators arrived at the Place de la Bastille around noon, some wearing yellow vests. There they were already waiting for 7 vans of the police special forces CRS.

Three separate demonstrations were announced in the capital. The first of them, with the participation of "yellow vests" and anarchists, went from the Place de la Bastille to the gates of Champerre. The second moved from the Malraux square to the Esplanade of Invalides, where she joined the doctors protesting against the compulsory vaccination of health workers. The protests were attended by both unvaccinated and vaccinated, outraged by the diktat and repression by the state. They did not want to join the third demonstration - a rally convened by the ultra-right in the afternoon in Trocadro Square.

"What pisses me off is the coercion," explained one of the protesters in the Place de la Bastille. The protesters split into groups and moved along the streets of Paris. The "yellow vests" managed to break through to the main thoroughfare of Paris - the Champs Elysees. The most radical protesters swept away the police cordons, took to the streets and blocked traffic. Fights with the police broke out several times, and at that time they had to retreat!

Initially, protesters from the Place de la Bastille were supposed to go to the gates of Champerre. However, soon after the start of the demonstration, clashes broke out on the Rue Chateaudun. One of the columns was attacked with tear gas, in response, bottles and stones were thrown at the guards of the capitalist order. Barricades have grown. Protesters attacked a policeman, knocking his motorcycle to the ground. The patrolman was forced to flee.

A spontaneous manifestation began. The participants reached the street of the Grand Army, the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe, as in 2018. However, this time they did not smash it. Protesters blocked traffic and forced the police to flee. The chants of the Marseillaise followed in the wake of the fleeing.

The authorities transferred reinforcements to the site in the form of a mobile gendarmerie. The street was enveloped in clouds of tear gas. Even a water cannon was used. It was about 6 pm. The owners of the establishments urgently lowered the blinds ... After stubborn barricade battles by 18.45, the battlefield remained with the authorities. The demonstrators dispersed along the neighboring streets and continued fighting with the police ... The Minister of Internal Affairs announced the capture of 9 prisoners ...

Demonstrations took place in almost all parts of France, including Lille, Marseille, Belfort, Nantes, Besancon and Colmar in the afternoon. In the eastern region, thousands of people marched through the streets of Strasbourg, chanting "Freedom, freedom", "Macron resign." Starting after 14.00 from the Kléber square, the demonstrators crossed the center of the Alsatian capital, reaching the Republic Square by 16.00.

In Bordeaux, thousands of people protested at the march. "I'm furious," explained one of the participants, 62-year-old pensioner Katrin. "I worked for 42 years, retired three months ago, and now I feel like a prison." Like other protesters, the former left-wing trade unionist came to the Stock Exchange Square. The demonstration in Bordeaux turned out to be one of the most powerful - along with Paris, Marseille, Nice and Montpellier. At 2.30 pm, a meeting began at the Fountain of the Three Graces. "Freedom!" "Today there is a fight not between supporters and opponents of the vaccine, but a fight against a sanitary passport," an elderly man with long hair and a gray beard said into the microphone. You could meet different people at the demonstration. Here are a couple - Sophie and Mathieu. She does not want to be vaccinated, he hesitates, but on one thing they are united: "We need to defend our free choice against sanitary blackmail," - says he, who works in the field of entertainment. "I am furious with the introduction of a passport, with good citizens, on the one hand, against bad ones, on the other; this is unprecedented! ", - picks up his girlfriend. They came to the demonstration with the whole family, along with two children. For the sake of their principles, they are ready to give up restaurants and movies, and if necessary - and from school.

At 15.00, a motorcade of demonstrators in Bordeaux begins to move. Many participants say they are not against vaccinations, but against ID codes and against Macron. Here is a woman whose T-shirt says: "Dictatorship, rot, Macron to jail." "Macron is intimidating," says the 50-year-old. "My wife got the vaccine, I waited, but I was almost ready to get it." But the president's order cooled him down and outraged him. "With this mandatory vaccination, which is not called by name, people are being trapped. Macron holds us for small children, but many people today show that they did not come by whim. "

The demonstrators agree to return in a week for a new protest ...

Thousands of people of different professions and ages protested in Lille. "Not sheep or laboratory rats, we support our nurses", "My health is my private affair", "Freedom, I write your name", "The virus is Macron" - could be read on posters and banners. In Poitiers (Vienne), demonstrators stormed into the city hall, protesters camped at the windows and threw out a portrait of the president. In Toulouse, demonstrators gathered at 2 pm, despite the prefecture's ban on "any undeclared assembly." In the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region alone, at least a dozen performances took place, including in Lyon, where the demonstration began at 15.00 at the Place Bellecour; authorities have restricted the location of the marches following clashes a week ago. In Annecy, in addition to the declared manifestation, a public meeting was held for exchange and debate, collected at the call of the organizers of the first demonstrations in March this year "for freedom" - and without masks. In Chambery, where demonstrators broke into the city hall on Wednesday and threw away Macron's portrait, the 24 demonstration was also not allowed, but it turned out to be much more numerous than the previous ones ...

New protests are planned in the country in a week. Among the organizers are Yellow Vests and Black Bloc activists.

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