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(en) ait russia: France: the 140th act of the "yellow vests" and mass protests against the "sanitary dictatorship" [machine translation]
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:05:24 +0300
Huge masses of people came out on July 17 across France to protest against
Macron's "sanitary dictatorship", including the introduction of a "sanitary
passport", which allows entry to cultural institutions and catering
establishments, and compulsory vaccination against coronavirus. According to
official government data, almost 150 demonstrations with the participation of 114
thousand people took place in the country. However, everyone knows that in such
cases the numbers of participants announced by the authorities should be
increased several times! Among the demonstrators were thousands of yellow vest
supporters. ---- "Freedom!", "Macron the dictator" ... From the northern to the
southern borders of the country, the slogans of the demonstrators were similar.
The marches were held in all corners of France - from Marseille to Lille, from
Montpellier to Paris.
Left-wing political parties cowardly ignored the protests. But many anarchists
and anti-fascists called on to participate in them and, as was the case with the
yellow vest movement, not to give the streets to the extreme right, who are
trying to take advantage of anti-dictatorial protests.
Already in the morning the first demonstrations in Pau, Antibes, Narbonne,
Quimper (where the participants chanted "Macron is a murderer!"), Perpignan (with
posters "No Pasaran"), Aix-en-Provence, turned out to be crowded. A massive
demonstration took place in La Rochelle. Lille, Paris, Toulouse, Nantes,
Montpellier, Rouen and other large cities pulled up in the afternoon ...
"We have doubts about the coronavirus vaccines, and it's not because we think the
Earth is flat, but because we don't know anything about the long-term effects of
these hastily formulated vaccines that we have to do at Macron's will," 39
explained. summer nurse Rita at a demonstration in Montpellier This march, even
according to the prefecture's highly underestimated data, gathered at least 5.5
Chanting "Freedom" and carrying posters (for example, "Our children are not
guinea pigs"), the demonstrators headed towards the train station. The
authorities had to close the main entrance to passengers and put dozens of police
officers in front of the building.
In the old port of Marseille, authorities counted 4,250 demonstrators. The
ridiculousness of the figure is obvious when you look at the huge, infinitely
long column that stretches along the streets of the city. The protesters were
outraged that they were being chased for vaccinations like "sheep" and with the
way their protest was presented in the media. A poster held by one of the
demonstrators is characteristic: "Waxers and anti-Waxers, unite against the
passport. Rule of law."
Protesters carried a banner depicting Macron and other politicians with Hitler's
In Nice, where, according to official data, 1,600 people protested - "yellow
vests", opponents of the "sanitary passport" and vaccinations - walked for
several hours through the city center.
In Bordeaux, the prefecture banned demonstrations in the city center, but
protesters blocked trams and cars in various locations. The authorities reported
about 1,200 protesters.
In Toulouse and Nancy, local authorities banned marches, but outraged people
ignored the prohibitions. From 2.5 to 3 thousand people, according to the
authorities, took to the streets in Toulouse. Approximately the same number were
demonstrated in Metz, where, as elsewhere, one could see the slogans "No to the
Nazi passport", "False pandemic, real dictatorship", "I am not a QR code" ...
In Strasbourg, the prefecture counted 2,800 demonstrators. Some of them donned a
yellow star, like the one that Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany. In
general, a comparison of the current "sanitary dictatorship" with Nazism could be
observed in many places, including the portraits of Macron with Hitler's mustache
painted on. Another popular comparison was that of the segregation of the
unvaccinated against the politics of apartheid.
1200 people demonstrated in Nancy.
In some cities, the police used tear gas against demonstrators, demonstrating
once again that the state can only talk to people in the language of naked
violence. In Dijon, police turned on the gas and tram traffic was briefly stopped
by demonstrators chanting "Freedom! Freedom!"
In Lyon, police attacked demonstrators, announcing that the march was not
allowed. Stones and bottles were the answer to the tear gas. 5 police officers
and a gendarme were injured. 9 protesters fell into the hands of a repressive
Demonstrations were also held in Valence (2.3 thousand, according to the
authorities), Clermont-Ferrand (1.7 thousand), Lille, Saint-Etienne, Auxerre,
Rouen, Tours ...
Several demonstrations took place in Paris. One was organized by the far-right,
led by Patriots presidential candidate Filippo of the Council of State. Although
among those who came there were not only right-wing people, but also many simply
disgruntled people, the "yellow vests", for obvious reasons, did not join them.
They organized their march in the southern part of the capital, which gathered,
according to the authorities, about 1,500 people.
The participants of the march gathered at 13.00 on the street of Alesia in the
14th arrondissement and, having moved on a march at 14.30, through the streets of
Tolbiak, Jeanne d'Arc and Saint-Hilaire at 17.45 came to the Place Jussieu. On
the banners and posters, one could read: "Search for the French Democratic
Republic, which disappeared on July 12, 2021", "No health passport, stop the
dictatorship!" The demonstrators chanted: "Freedom!", "Macron is the dictator."
"We are not against vaccines at all. We just want everyone to have the freedom to
vaccinate or not. PCR tests are enough, and then we need to give people freedom,"
explained young women workers at a shopping center in the Paris region of Aurelie
"We are here for the demands of the yellow vests and because of the restrictions
on freedom. It is not another freedom-killing law that has brought us to the
streets. We have always been on the streets," said Jerome Rodriguez, one of the
leading yellow vest activists.
The demonstration, as usual, was accompanied by reinforced cordons of gendarmes
and police, who on the Rue Jeanne d'Arc did not miss the opportunity to pour gas
on the young protesters.
Finally, the third, unauthorized demonstration in Paris took place in Place de la
" Macron is imposing a sanitary passport on us. We, the people, will impose a
guillotine on him. Remember who we are. 1789"
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