6:50 am: Guadeloupe, the Netherlands, Austria … Health restrictions provoke protests and even riots
Protests against health restrictions turned into riot again on Saturday night in Netherlands, in particular in The Hague where several police officers were wounded, the day after violence in Rotterdam (south-west) where 51 people were arrested and three wounded by gunshot.
In The Hague, the city where the Dutch government is based, police officers in riot gear charged groups of demonstrators who threw stones and various objects at them in a working-class neighborhood, and used a water cannon to extinguish bicycles in traffic light at a busy intersection. Five police officers were injured and at least seven people arrested.
On Austria, more than 40,000 people gathered in Vienna on Saturday, a stone’s throw from the former Hofburg Imperial Palace to denounce “the corona-dictatorship” and “fascism”, two days before the entry into force of new confinement until December 13. The demonstration in Vienna took place in general calm, apart from a few throwing cans and smoke, but under close police surveillance.
On the other side of the Atlantic, the mobilization of opponents of the health pass and the compulsory vaccination of healthcare workers, launched by a collective of trade union and citizen organizations, is turning into violence in Guadeloupe. Despite the curfew imposed by the authorities, pharmacies and telephone shops were the target of rioters. “The night was very agitated” confided a police source, reporting “live ammunition on a police vehicle” in the town of Gosier and “on mobile gendarmes” in Pointe-à-Pitre. According to the Pointe-à-Pitre prosecutor’s office on Saturday evening, sixteen people were arrested and five of them were placed in detention, including one for “willful violence with a weapon on a person holding public authority”.
6:47 am: More than 22,000 cases and almost 8,000 hospitalized patients
The number of patients hospitalized for Covid-19 continues to increase in France: there are 7,974 patients treated, or 34 more in the last 24 hours. In addition, 1,333 patients are in the continuing care wards, which take care of the most severely affected patients (-20). Finally, the health authorities recorded 22,678 new cases.
6:45 am: Hello everyone and welcome to this live stream dedicated to the news of the Covid-19 pandemic in France and around the world.