Nine People Arrested as Anti-Vaccine Protests in Paris Turn Violent

Protesters attend a demonstration called by the nationalist Les Patriotes (The Patriots) against France’s restrictions to fight COVID-19, on the Droits de l’Homme (human rights) esplanade at Trocadero Square in Paris, July 24, 2021.

Nine people were arrested in Paris this weekend following clashes between police and anti-vaccine protesters.

The Associated Press reported that roughly 160,000 people demonstrated throughout the city on Saturday in opposition to a bill that would mandate a COVID-19 health pass, which requires that people show proof of vaccination, a recent negative test or that they previously had the virus in order to enter public facilities, and orders all health care workers be vaccinated.

Police reportedly fired water cannons and launched tear gas at some protesters in Paris, but the majority of the demonstrations were controlled.

France’s Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin revealed the number of arrests on Twitter on Saturday.

In one demonstration, protesters were heard shouting “Liberty! Liberty!” at the Bastille plaza before marching through eastern Paris, the AP reported. Someone reportedly threw a chair at an officer, which prompted riot police to respond with tear gas.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Mychael Schnell

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