Demonstrations broke out in many European countries over the weekend to protest the blockade measures. Germany tens of thousands of people took to the streets and clashes between police and civilians; in Austria, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Britain respectively, thousands of people took to the streets to express their dissatisfaction with the blockade measures.
AFP news, Germany’s northern Hesse state, the large city of Kassel, tens of thousands of people to participate in demonstrations, demonstrators in the city center square clashed with police, part of the demonstrators tried to break through the police line to join another group of demonstrators. The crowd of demonstrators marched side-by-side, most of them without masks. Police used water jets, batons and pepper spray to disperse the protesters.
Kassai police told AFP that the protest drew 15,000 to 20,000 people to the streets, making it one of the largest such protests in Germany so far this year.
In other parts of the city, police used batons and water jets to disperse protesters who tried to break through barricades and throw bottles and cans.
North Hesse police tweeted that they condemned the repeated attacks on emergency workers, “which is not the way to behave in a peaceful protest.
The weekend’s protests were called by the Querdenker (Lateral Thinkers) movement, a German anti-neonatal vaccination group with support from the far left, conspiracy theorists, anti-vaccine activists and right-wing extremists. Some of them believe that the pandemic is not real, while others claim that the vaccination restrictions violate their civil rights.
Despite a months-long embargo, Germany’s Epidemic is still very serious, and experts warn that the country’s vaccination campaign is too slow to combat a third wave of the epidemic.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with local leaders of 16 states on Monday to discuss the implementation of new restrictions.
Demonstrations against the restrictions broke out in several other European cities over the weekend.
Dutch police used water cannons to disperse about 500 protesters who gathered in the capital Amsterdam’s Museum Square and refused to heed police orders to break up the illegal demonstrations. According to local media reports, the protesters then moved to a nearby canal, where they were surrounded by police and then transported by bus to various locations.
In Switzerland, some 3,000 to 5,000 people gathered in the northwestern city of Lista to demand an end to the months-long closure of restaurants and other establishments to prevent the epidemic. Protesters held up placards saying “Enough!” vaccines kill” and “modern slaves in masks. The protesters in Switzerland considered the government’s imposition of measures on the population, including the closure of restaurants and cafes and bars, as “authoritarian” measures.
In addition, in Vienna, Austria, and Sofia, Bulgaria, thousands of people and 500 people demonstrated respectively to protest against the epidemic measures.
In addition, more than 5,500 people were diagnosed in the UK in a single day, 785 more than the previous day, and 96 new patients died. The British government said the number of patients continues to trend downward nationwide. At least 26.85 million people in the UK have received their first dose of the vaccine, and more than 2.1 million of them have received their second dose.
People also took to the streets of London over the weekend to oppose the anti-epidemic blockade. Some demonstrators shouted slogans such as freedom and no government lies. Few participants wore masks, and no one tried to keep social distance. Police said thousands of people are believed to have taken to the streets, far more than the 1,000 originally expected.