Mirroring recent massive protests in Paris, major cities across Europe have begun to protest lockdowns, vaccine passports, and mandates.
Rome, Dublin, and Athens are a few of the cities to demonstrate against their government’s latest COVID-19 policies. Protestors in Paris and Athens have clashed with police, leading to the use of tear-gas and water cannons. In France, demonstrators created a billboard disguising President Macron as Hiter, and claiming COVID-19 policies are comparable to Nazism.
Videos shared on social media show protestors chanting “no to shameful pass,” referring to France’s new health pass requiring vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter public spaces or work. A similar system is being protested in Italy, with demonstrators chanting, “no Green Pass.”
After 16 months, the international opposition towards pandemic-induced lockdowns and requirements has skyrocketed. Governments and health leaders claimed the vaccine would allow countries to re-open and resume pre-pandemic life, however, the spread of new variants and a demand for a fully vaccinated population has obstructed this claim. Protestors around the globe are standing against government overreach and striving to maintain medical freedom.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: EURO NEWS
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