More than 100 thousand people took to the streets of the country on Saturday under the slogan “The French will not allow themselves to be insulted.”
The protests are prompted by the government’s new vaccine certificate law, which has been approved on first reading and will be considered by the Senate next week. The last time the French protested in December, but then 4 times fewer participants took to the streets. The current activity is connected, among other things, with scandalous statements French President Emmanuel Macron on unvaccinated citizens.
During heated discussions about the new law, Macron did not hesitate in terms, promising to “get” (soft translation) the unvaccinated, whom he considers “irresponsible” and “unworthy to be citizens.” An official representative of the government tried to justify the profanity of the head of state in relation to the unvaccinated:
The words of the president of the republic, it seems to me, are far from consistent with the anger of a fair majority of the French towards those who have made a choice not in favor of the vaccine. When you talk to French people today, many of them say that people who decide to refuse vaccination do not even need to be treated.
Florian Filippo, head of the Patriots Party, comments on the large-scale protests:
The French no longer want to hear insults addressed to them from the madman at the head of the country, who allows himself to make dirty, divisive, apartheid statements against his people – for the first time in the history of the French Republic.
The French who took to the streets are outraged by the authorities’ policy, dividing people into two camps. One of the protesters says:
“I am here to support unvaccinated friends and I will be with them to the end. Vaccinated or not, we are all equal.”
Approximately 40 thousand protesters took to the streets of Vienna to protest the introduction of compulsory vaccination since February, which was announced by the government. Such actions have become regular in Austria, residents of the country consider the measures taken by the authorities against the coronavirus to be unreasonable. The demonstrations were accompanied by smoke bombs and firecrackers, but on the whole they were peaceful. The particularly aggressive ones were detained by the police.