Paris, Toulouse, Montpellier, Marseille, Annecy… Two days after Emmanuel Macron’s announcements, several thousand people demonstrated in France, Wednesday July 14, to protest against the massive extension of the health pass to most public places and compulsory vaccination for caregivers and other professions.
In Paris, a few hundred demonstrators took part in an undeclared rally at Place de la République in the early afternoon, before going up Boulevard Saint-Martin and being stopped by the police, chanting in particular ” freedom “, ” freedom “. On several occasions, the police used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators, according to journalists from Agence France-Presse on the spot.
“Against the dictatorship”
At the same time, a declared demonstration also brought together several hundred people from the Place de Clichy, in the north of the capital. “Against the dictatorship”, “Against the sanitary pass”, could one hear in the ranks of the demonstration.
Demonstration against the #PassSanitaire underway in Paris, several thousand people. #VaccineObligatory https://t.co/xTU7b44NJe
Other demonstrations took place in several cities in France. According to the police, at 3 pm, more than 7,800 demonstrators were identified, including 1,200 in Montpellier, 1,000 in Marseille, 800 in Annecy and 720 in Rouen, without notable incidents to deplore.
In Toulouse, in the morning, a small gathering was held at the call of several groups “yellow vests”, singing “Money, fewer cops for the public hospital” or “Macron if you knew your vaccine where we put it”. In Perpignan, a demonstration brought together a few hundred people, including caregivers.