Protesters in France flooded the streets of cities and towns for the third week in a row to reject the plan underway by Emmanuel Macron’s government to require a health passport to participate in everyday activities.
In more than 150 cities in France, on Saturday, July 31, a multitude of people
marched under the slogan “freedom” and resisted in the streets despite riot police attempting to round them up and firing tear gas, RT reported.
Drumming, chanting and the explosion of firecrackers were heard in a live stream of the mass demonstration, videos posted on Twitter show.
Florian Philippot, the leader of the Patriots party, posted on Twitter a photo with the caption, “In the face of the huge popular wave that has invaded France today, a July 31, Macron must immediately withdraw his #PassDeLaHonte and his law of shame! Deliver or resign!”.
Approved last Monday by Parliament, health certificates will be required as of Aug. 9. This digital health pass will be required to enter a café or use certain means of public transport, France24 reported.
Individuals will need the ID to prove that they are fully vaccinated, have tested negative for COVID-19, or have recovered from the virus.
The controversial legislation also makes vaccination mandatory for specific jobs, for example, in healthcare.
Since July 21, the COVID-19 pass is mandatory to visit museums, cinemas and other cultural spaces with capacity for more than 50 people and this update made by the government, would further restrict the movement of people.
The hashtags #manif31juillet and #PassDeLaHonte are circulating on social networks to gather all those who oppose the government’s measures to fight against COVID-19.
Following large-scale protests earlier this month, the French government made several concessions to the rules, including reducing fines for violating the ID law and delaying enforcing the policy in shopping malls.
In his July 12 speech, Macron announced measures to combat the Delta variant of the coronavirus and argued that “the vaccine” against COVID-19 “remains the only way to protect oneself and others.” In this context, he urged to “move towards the vaccination of all French people because it is the only way to return to normal life.”
However, hesitation about vaccination seems to be a common factor in many countries. In addition, there are alarming data of severe adverse effects and even deaths following vaccination with the experimental vaccine.
The “health pass” is already in place in more than a dozen European countries and many claim that it’s “apartheid” or discrimination against the unvaccinated.