Paris cops use tear gas to disperse anti-vaxxers during jab passport protest

PARIS police have used tear gas to disperse large anti-vaxx crowds who are protesting against the government’s jab passport scheme.

Alcuni 3,000 riot police clashed with thousands of protesters in French capital for a third weekend in row over proposals to introduce a vaccine pass.

Police surrounded the French capital as anti-vaxx protests broke out

Police surrounded the French capital as anti-vaxx protests broke outCredito: Rex
Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse crowds

Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse crowdsCredito: Zuma Press
Più di 160,000 people have taken part in protests across France

Più di 160,000 people have taken part in protests across FranceCredito: Rex
An officer retreating from the front line

An officer retreating from the front lineCredito: Rex
Thousands took to the streets

Thousands took to the streetsCredito: Rex

Police also used water cannons to ward off thousands of protestors at the Champs-Elysees and the Place de la Bastille.

Più di 160,000 people marched in Paris and other major cities in demonstrations organised by so-called Gilets Jaunes, or Yellow Vests anti-government movement.

Some of the marches are illegal, and they are being joined by anarchist groups who are not directly linked to the protest,” said one officer at the scene.

People are protesting against a bill recently passed by French lawmakers that makes it mandatory to have a Covid vaccination passport to enter restaurants and public spaces.

Under the publicly-backed rules, healthcare workers will have until mid-September to prove they’re either double-jabbed, have already had Covid-19, or provide a negative test result.

‘I THINK IT IS SICKENING

Hager Ameur, a 37-year-old nurse, accused the government ofblackmailingher out of her job.

I think that we mustn’t be told what to do”, she told The Associated Press, adding that medical workers during the first wave of COVID-19 were treated poorly.

“E adesso, suddenly we are told that if we don’t get vaccinated it is our fault that people are contaminated. I think it is sickening.

Tensions flared in front of the famed Moulin Rouge nightclub in northern Paris during what appeared to be the largest demonstration yet.

Hordes of police faced down protesters in head-on confrontations that have left many bloody and injured.

As marchers headed east, police fired tear gas into the crowds hoping it would disperse them.

One man was left with blood gushing from his head.

Nel frattempo, hundreds descended on the ministry of health in a separate march being led a far-right politician connected to Marine Le Pen.

Among those not present this week was Francois Asselineau, leader of the tiny anti-EU Popular Republican Union party and an ardent campaigner against the health pass, who came down with COVID-19.

In a video on his party’s website, Asselineau, who was not hospitalized, called on people to denounce the pass.

French authorities are implementing the health passport because the highly contagious Delta variant is making strong inroads.

Più di 24,000 new daily cases were confirmed Friday night compared to just a few thousand cases a day at the start of the month.

Demonstrators say the passes are undemocratic

Demonstrators say the passes are undemocraticCredito: Rex
A marcher with a sign that reads 'freedom, no to the health pass'

A marcher with a sign that reads ‘freedom, no to the health passCredito: Rex
One protestors being dragged away by police

One protestors being dragged away by policeCredito: Rex
Demonstrators are rallying against proposals for a Covid passport scheme

Demonstrators are rallying against proposals for a Covid passport scheme
An injured protester

An injured protesterCredito: Rex

The government announced the measures would take effect on August 9, prompting hundreds of thousands of French to book their jabs to avoid missing out on summer holidays.

Vaccinations are now available at a wide variety of places, including some beaches. Più di 52% of the French population has been vaccinated.

Più di 111,800 people have died of the virus in France since the start of the pandemic.