ਫਰੈਂਚ ਪ੍ਰਦਰਸ਼ਨਕਾਰੀਆ ਨੇ ਕੋਵਿਡ ਵੈਕਸੀਨ ਦੀ ਤੁਲਨਾ ਕੀਤੀ ਨਾਜੀ ਭਿਆਨਕਤਾ ਨਾਲ
PARIS (AP)- Anti-vaccination protesters comparing themselves to Jews who were persecuted by Third Reich during war II.
As quite 100,000 people marched around France against government vaccine rules on Saturday, some demonstrators wore yellow stars recalling those the Nazis forced Jews to wear. Other demonstrators carried signs evoking the Auschwitz concentration camp or South Africa’s apartheid regime, claiming the French government was unfairly mistreating them with its anti-pandemic measures.
France’s secretary of state for military affairs, who also attended the ceremony, called the protesters’ actions “intolerable and a disgrace for our republic.”
The International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism said the protesters were “mocking victims of the Holocaust” and minimizing crimes against humanity committed during war II.
Saturday’s protests involved a mixture of individuals angry at the govt for various reasons, and notably supporters of the far right. Prominent French far-right figures are convicted within the past of antisemitism, racism and denying the Holocaust.
The government is introducing a bill Monday requiring all health care workers to urge vaccinated against the coronavirus and requiring COVID passes to enter restaurants and other venues.
Polls suggest most French support the measures, but they need prompted anger in some quarters. Vandals targeted two vaccination centers in southwest France over the weekend. One was assail fire, and another covered in graffiti, including a regard to the Nazi occupation of France.
France has reported quite 111,000 deaths within the pandemic, and new confirmed cases are increasing again, raising worries about renewed pressure on hospitals and further restrictions that might damage jobs and businesses.
The Associated Press