In the city of Montpellier, in the south of France, demonstrators descended on a Covid-19 test tent, tearing it apart and harassing the attending pharmacist, shouting “murderer” and “collaborator”.
Police made 72 arrests and three policemen were injured in protests attended by some 200,000 people, compared to just 161,000 in protests the week before.
French officials are said to be concerned about the “radicalization” of the protests and have drawn comparisons to the leaderless and chaotic “yellow vests” protests that erupted in 2018.
In some cases, protests against vaccine passports in France were organized by former members of the yellow vests.
In France, proof of vaccination, a negative Covid-19 test or proof of recovery for less than six months from the disease is now required in the form of a health pass, in order to access museums, cinemas and attractions.
Protesters say the pass, which is expected to be extended to restaurants and cafes this month, violates their civil liberties.
It came as thousands of Italians took part in similar protests across the country on Saturday against vaccine passports due to go into effect on August 6.
Demonstrations took place in Milan, Rome, Bologna, Padua, Genoa, Naples and Florence. In Milan, Prime Minister Mario Draghi was portrayed as Hitler, while in Rome a protester carried a large placard in which the Prime Minister appeared as a Nazi SS officer.
Although the protests have been widespread, they still represent a minority of opinion. So far, 32 million Italians have received both vaccines, 60% of the population over 12 years old.
Meanwhile, in Germany, hundreds of anti-containment protesters defied a court-ordered protest ban on Sunday and gathered illegally on the streets of Berlin, sparking clashes with police.
Police said some protesters “harassed and attacked” officers in the capital’s western Charlottenburg district and ignored roadblocks.
“They tried to break the police chain and remove our colleagues. This led to the use of irritants, batons and physical violence, ”Berlin police tweeted.
Several people were arrested, they added.
The protest was called by the ‘Querdenker’ (lateral thinkers) movement, which has become the strongest voice against German restrictions on coronaviruses.
The judges had banned several of his demos scheduled for this weekend, including a Sunday that was to attract some 22,500 people.
Some of the protesters held up signs saying “Freedom” and “No to Corona Dictatorship”, with very few masks seen among the crowds.