Protesters pour into Paris as resistance to Macron’s ‘health pass’ spawns array of unauthorized street cafes (VIDEOS)
Opposition to France’s compulsory vaccine regime and its so-called health pass has sparked another weekend of protests across the country. In Paris, residents are marching – but also eating and drinking – in defiance of the rules.
Thousands of demonstrators marched through the French capital on Saturday as riot police clad in helmets and body armor tagged along. The vast majority of protesters appear to have been peaceful, although several isolated incidents were observed in which police deployed pepper spray.
Très beau point de vue avec de la hauteur de cette #Manifs14aout des #GiletsJaunes qui part de #PorteDoree jusqu’à #PlaceDeClichy à #Paris‼️Tous ce monde dans la rue pour dire #NonAuPassDeLaHonte de #Macron‼️#manifestation14aout#manif14aout🎥 @tvyefrpic.twitter.com/qKBmHSWtvM— Lorentz mathias (@LorentzMathias) August 14, 2021
A Ruptly livestream showed protesters chanting slogans and singing songs as they snaked their way through Paris. Many were sporting the iconic garb worn by supporters of the anti-austerity Yellow Vest movement, which over the past several years has caused considerable trouble for President Emmanuel Macron. Others waved flags and carried custom-made signs and banners calling for a return to “liberty.”
The march marked the fifth straight week of demonstrations held in Paris and other French cities. According to one popular Twitter account that has documented the weeks of demonstrations, dozens of events took place across France and its territories.
Grande manifestation à #AixEnProvence ce matin contre le #PassSanitaire. Près de 200 manifestations sont attendues dans toute la France pour le cinquième week-end consécutif. (vidéo d'un abonné) #manifestation14aout#Manifs14aoutpic.twitter.com/TLwK8dNMtW— Anonyme Citoyen (@AnonymeCitoyen) August 14, 2021
France recently introduced a compulsory vaccination regime for healthcare workers and other groups, as well as a digital vaccination ID required from all citizens for entrance to museums, movie theaters, swimming pools and other centers. The pass is also required for indoor and outdoor dining, a policy that has been visibly contested by Parisians. In an act of growing defiance, unauthorized ‘pop-up’ street venues have attracted huge crowds – as well as attention from the police.
Intervention de la police pour évacuer une « terrasse sauvage » qui s'est installé sur la Place de la République à Paris sous peine de verbalisation. (@RemyBuisine) #Manifs14aout#manif14aout#TerrasseSauvagepic.twitter.com/3EYTUOkK78— Anonyme Citoyen (@AnonymeCitoyen) August 13, 2021
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