On the weekend, thousands of anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination activists took to the streets of cities all over the world to protest new restrictive measures and the vaccine passport initiatives.
Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of French cities for the second week in a row. According to French Interior Ministry, a total of 161,000 people took part in 168 protest actions across France, including 11,000 demonstrated in Paris alone.
Massive demonstrations led to clashes with law enforcement officers, who were forced to use tear gas and water cannon to disperse the crowds.
At the same time, two other protests took place in Paris. Members of a major anti-government movement of Yellow Jackets and supporters of the Eurosceptic ‘Patriots’ party were also present on the streets.
At least nine people were detained in Paris following the clashes, according to the French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin.
Protests were sparked by the recent government’s decision to extend a special certificate requirement for people visiting various public areas as well as to prolong a compulsory vaccination mandate for certain jobs, including medics.
Thousands of people gathered at Trafalgar Square in London for the ‘Freedom Rally’, to protest the restrictive measures introduced amid the Covid-19 pandemic.Minor clashes resulted in several arrests, 4 policemen were reportedly injured
Hundreds of protesters gathered in Belfast and Dublin, some carrying placards with anti-vaccine messages.
People marched the streets in Finland.
The same protests were reported in Greece.
Meanwhile, no protests were reported in Germany.
Not only Europe faced large demonstrations.
The unmasked crowd marched the streets in Sydney. About 15,000 people took part in the demonstration, chanting anti-lockdown slogans and holding signs calling for “freedom” and “the truth.” Protesters were also held in Melbourne and Brisbane.
Dozens of arrests have been made as some protestors swarmed and threw items at police in Sydney.