Monday, January 17

Covid-19. A Saturday of demonstrations under tension in France and Paris?

“Anti-vax”, yellow vests, and even Black blocs? After a few weeks of truce due to the Christmas holidays, the mobilization resumes this Saturday.

So the last mobilization of anti-vax and anti-sanitary pass had gathered a little more than 20,000 people on December 11, according to the Ministry of the Interior, the particularly tense context in this week of return suggests that the mobilization will be more important.

Emmanuel Macron’s interview in The Parisian January 4, which said it wanted to “piss off” the unvaccinated, caused a lot of ink to flow. It annoyed the main stakeholders, and even within the hemicycle of the National Assembly, igniting the debates while the bill transforming the health pass into a vaccination pass was being studied there. It has since been adopted on the morning of January 6 and is due to join the Senate on Monday. A call to demonstrate was therefore launched for this Saturday, January 8.

“Fear”, “precaution” or “position of principle”: words of the unvaccinated

Fears of “long-term side effects”, defense of “freedoms” or simple “phobia of needles”: after two years of pandemic, several non-vaccinated interviewed by AFP put forward various arguments, scientifically debatable, but insist on stand out from the “caricatures” of which they are the object.

While some highlight the lack of perspective and information about the vaccine, others fear “heavy side effects”. Still others worry about “individual freedoms” or want to oppose the government.

But all also condemn the latest statements by Emmanuel Macron, who said he wanted to “piss off” the unvaccinated. “He is looking for someone to hit, to relieve himself” of his responsibilities, thinks one of the unvaccinated people interviewed.

With AFP

Between 28,000 and 38,000 people in the streets?

According to Europe 1, Intelligence services estimate precisely that “28,750 to 38,500 people” could demonstrate in France this Saturday, and expect some tensions in several cities including Nancy, Metz or Nantes. More than 140 actions are planned across France. The system of the police should be “muscular”, according to information from Europe 1.

In Manche, the prefecture has already forbids a gathering at Mont-Saint-Michel, within the framework of the call “January 8, all in the street, sanitary freedom”.

But it is indeed in Paris that the strongest mobilization is expected, where yellow vests should mingle with “anti-vax”. Several processions are expected in the streets of the capital: one at 9 a.m. on the Champs-Elysées, another place de Catalogne at 11 a.m., expected in Bastille for 1 p.m.

Another important procession expected: the one gathered behind Les Patriotes by Florian Philippot. It should leave at 2 pm from the Place du Palais-Royal in Paris, and could bring together more than 12,000 people.

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