Anti-Vax protesters tell France’s Macron: ‘We will piss you off’

Anti-vaccine demonstrators held rallies in cities across France on Saturday, condemning President Emmanuel Macron’s intention to “pee out” as people denied COVID-19 shots by imposing restrictions on their civil liberties.

Akron said this week he wants to upset the lives of unvaccinated people by complicating them so much that they will end up being jab. He said the irresponsible people were irresponsible and did not deserve to be considered citizens.

In Paris, protesters retaliated by adopting their abusive words, chanting “we will piss you off”.

Others made signs saying “not for vaccine passes” in reference to Macron’s legislative push to require proof of vaccination to enter places such as cafes, bars and museums.

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A demonstrator gestures during a protest against a bill to convert France’s current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health pass into a “vaccine pass” in Paris, France January 8, 2022. Reuters / Sarah Messonnier

TV pictures show clashes between protesters and police at one place. Protesters also held street rallies in other cities including Marseille, Nantes and Le Mans.

“(Macron’s comment) was the last straw. We are not irresponsible,” said hospital administrator Virginie Hoggett, who has avoided a mandatory vaccine order for health workers because she caught Covid-19 late last year. .

The protesters accused Macron of trampling their freedoms and treating citizens unequally. They say that freedom comes with responsibilities that include protecting the health of others.

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Florian Philippe, president of the French nationalist party “Les Patriots” (The Patriots), speaks with journalists during a protest against a bill that would make France’s current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health pass a “vaccine”. will change to “Pass”. Paris, France, January 8, 2022. Reuters / Sarah Messonnier

France on Friday recorded more than 300,000 new coronavirus infections for the second time in a week. The number of hospitalizations, including those of COVID-19 patients in intensive care (ICU), continues to rise, increasing the pressure on the healthcare system.

Some hospitals have reported that some 85 percent of ICU patients have not been vaccinated against COVID-19. The data shows that 90 pc of 12 plus ones eligible for the covid shot are fully vaccinated.

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Protesters walk in front of the Louvre Museum to protest against a bill to convert France’s current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health pass into “vaccine pass” in Paris, France January 8, 2022. REUTERS / Sarah Messonnier

People in France must already show proof of vaccination or test negative to enter restaurants and bars and use inter-regional trains. But with Omicron infections rising, the government wants to give up the option of testing.

Three months before the presidential election, Macron’s blunt language was calculated, tapping into the growing frustration against the unaffiliated.

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Protesters march against vaccine passes and vaccinations to protect against COVID-19 in Paris, France, Saturday, January 8, 2022. President Emmanuel Macron has publicly rebuked the minority of French residents who continue to refuse the vaccine and has vowed to ban them. Social life by pushing parliament to pass legislation on a new vaccine pass. The Senate will debate the new Vaccine Pass bill next week. (AP Photo/Adrienne Serprenant)

Conservative challenger Valerie Pecrese said Macron was driving a nail across the country. Far-right candidate Eric Zemour condemned the president’s childish remarks.

Protesters on the streets of the capital accused Macron of politicizing the pandemic ahead of the election.

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A woman holds a sign that reads “This is liberty” during a protest against a bill that would replace France’s current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health pass into a “vaccine pass” , in Paris, France, January 8 , 2022. Reuters / Sarah Messonnier

“I want him to offend drug dealers and criminals, not the average person,” said a 55-year-old protester, who requested anonymity because he runs a business.