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Vaccine passport protests in Europe draw thousands of people

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  • Thousands of people have assembled in European capitals to protest vaccine passports and other conditions imposed by their governments in the intention of bringing the coronavirus pandemic to an end

HELSINKI – Thousands of people rallied in European capitals on Saturday to protest vaccine passports and other conditions imposed by governments in the goal of bringing the coronavirus pandemic to an end.

Protests were held in Athens, Helsinki, London, Paris, and Stockholm.

Hundreds of protesters marched in Paris on Monday to oppose the introduction of a new COVID-19 pass. It will significantly limit the life of people who refuse to be vaccinated by excluding them from domestic flights, sporting events, bars, movies, and other recreational locations. Hundreds more people marched in other cities, according to French media.

In Sweden, where vaccination certificates are required for indoor events with more than 50 participants, 3,000 demonstrators marched through central Stockholm and gathered in a key area for a demonstration organized by the Frihetsrorelsen – or Freedom Movement.

The neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement was said to have attended the event with a flag, according to Swedish media. Police are keeping a careful eye on the gang, which has a history of violent behavior during protests.

Right-wing radicals had been informed by Swedish security forces that they might attend Saturday’s event. By late afternoon, no serious events or conflicts had been recorded.

A similar protest with 1,000 protesters took place in Goteborg, Sweden’s second-largest city.

Just before Christmas, the Finnish government authorized local and regional authorities to implement “extensive and comprehensive actions” in response to an increase in virus infections involving the omicron form.

Reducing or restricting gatherings, transferring university sessions online, limiting restaurant service, and closing places where people are at a higher risk of exposure were among the limits. Vaccine passports are permitted to be required at restaurants and activities.

According to police, 4,000 people marched through the streets of central Helsinki on Saturday to protest. The demonstration was planned by a group named World Wide Demonstration. Police received no reports of unrest or violence.

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