Paris, Feb 12 (EFE).- Inspired by Canada’s recent protests, thousands of people gathered Saturday for France’s Freedom Convoys to protest covid restrictions with motorists heading towards Paris despite a ban.
The protesters, who are traveling towards Paris from all over the country, spent the night at the gates of the French capital and have started their journey towards the city at a slow pace.
Local authorities have deployed some 7,200 officers and armored vehicles to avoid blockades.
Protesters have dispersed and gathered at various entrances to the city to circumvent security checkpoints.
So far, nearly 100 people were fined overnight for participating in a banned demonstration, according to the Paris police.
The Freedom Convoys, inspired by the Ottawa protesters, published a series of demands on social media to share their anger at covid restrictions and a vaccine pass that limits the movement of non-vaccinated citizens.
In an open letter addressed to President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Jean Castex, protesters demanded back “the freedom that has been deprived (from us) for two years due to exceptional circumstances that no longer exist.”
Protestors are demanding the vaccination rollout to be halted and for independent research to be done into the side effects of covid jabs.
They also demand that the health workers who have been fired for refusing to get jabbed return to their posts and that all workers who have suffered consequences for not being inoculated receive a settlement for damages.EFE