Paris police clash with protesters over COVID ‘health pass’ | DW News

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In Paris, protesters and police clashed during a march against France’s so-called health pass. The pass requires proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test to enter many public venues. And lawmakers are now debating making it even stricter, in the hope that it will persuade more people to get the jab. But the demonstrators say the measures breach their civil liberties.

The City of Light dissolved into a battleground, shrouded in clouds of tear gas, as police and protestors clashed over proposed COVID-19 restrictions.

Rallies were held across Paris on Saturday against a bill being debated by lawmakers which passed its first reading the day before. The new measures would require everyone in France to have a special virus pass to go to restaurants and other venues. It would also make vaccinations compulsory for health care workers.

COVID-19 infections are spiking once more across France and hospital admissions are also on the increase. The government has responded by speeding up its vaccination campaign to protect the most vulnerable and also avoid fresh lockdowns.

Despite the threat of water cannon, protestors refuse to back down against the proposal for a nationwide coronavirus pass.

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