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Des manifestations contre le pass sanitaire ont rassemblé plus de 15 000 personnes dans le sud de la France dans les villes de Marseille, Nice et Montpellier, aux cris de "Liberté, Liberté", alors que des manifestants à Paris se sont heurtés à la police. </p><div> <p>La police anti-émeute française a tiré des gaz lacrymogènes alors que des affrontements éclataient lors de manifestations dans le centre de Paris contre les barrières COVID-19 et la vaccination.
Television footage showed police trying to repel protesters near Gare Saint-Lazare in Paris after protesters overturned a police motorcycle carrying several officers.
In another demonstration called by far-right politicians in western Paris, protesters opposed to anti-virus measures carried banners reading “Stop the dictatorship”.
Events in Marseille
In Marseille, a procession of 4,300 people marched through the center of the city, filling a good half of the Canebière. “Marseillaises” were sung under tricolor flags and banners calling for respect for freedom of conscience – “Freedom cannot be injected”, “We are not ready for slavery” or “Liberty is here. ‘shelter from your ideas,’ some of the banners proclaimed.
“I am 18 years old, I just passed my baccalaureate and I did not have time to be vaccinated. I couldn’t celebrate my 17th birthday because of the Covid and now I feel excluded again, ”says Moevai Barati.
“I will not do the injection,” says Sandra, a 49-year-old nurse who refuses to give her name: “So I will have to look for another job. My life plan has changed but I will go through with it. “
“Our country is becoming totalitarian,” said Jean-Claude Dib, 71, a retired truck driver who said he was “ready to fight back”.
In the procession, other demonstrators waved placards questioning the safety of vaccines: “Neither guinea pigs, nor outcasts”, “The bodies of our children returned to the labs, you say yes?
In Nice, a procession of 6,000 people caused huge traffic jams in the center and on the Promenade des Anglais in the early afternoon.
Among the protesters were anti-vaccine activists, so-called “yellow vests” and opponents of Emmanuel Macron, all of whom marched under the same slogan: “Freedom”.
Finally, in Montpellier, 5,000 demonstrators took to the Place de la Comédie with cries of “Freedom” and “Down with the health dictatorship”, before marching through the city center.
“It is our freedoms which are attacked under the guise of a health crisis,” said Yasmine Tellier, a 42-year-old nurse, vaccinated but activist for the right for everyone to decide whether or not to be vaccinated. .
“The caregivers are singled out to justify themselves (…) even though it is they who were at the front when the macronists have shown themselves unable to manage this crisis,” said Amin, a 24-year-old medical student who prefers not to mention his name.
“Politicians are more and more disconnected from people’s lives: they don’t listen to people who growl,” comments Gilles Fernandez, a 37-year-old worker who wears a yellow vest.