Photos of European anti-coronavirus protests

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On November 20, 2021, at a rally held by the Austrian far-right liberal party FPOe against measures to contain the Covid pandemic, a demonstrator lit a smoke bomb.

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Over the weekend, protests against the new Covid-19 restrictions rocked Europe, with demonstrations erupting in Brussels, Vienna, Rome, and Amsterdam.

Due to the current pandemic wave, after Austria entered its fourth national lockdown, protests took place in Vienna on Sunday. People are now required to work from home and non-essential shops are closed.

On November 20, 2021, more than 50,000 people protested the measures taken to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

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On November 21st, protesters gathered in front of Gare du Nord in Brussels. The police estimated that 35,000 people gathered to protest the Covid Pass, which they believed was divisive.

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In Belgium, protesters clashed with the police after tens of thousands of people gathered for a march in Brussels city centre on Sunday. The police estimated that the main purpose of the “For Freedom” march was to protest the stricter Covid restrictions. Approximately 35,000 people participated in the march.

At the same time, after the violence in Rotterdam and the arrest of dozens of people, the demonstrations in the Netherlands continued for the third day, and thousands of people gathered in Amsterdam over the weekend.

After the riots in Rotterdam, there were further troubles in various neighborhoods of The Hague on Saturday night, as well as reports of chaos in several other small Dutch towns.

Although the Rotterdam protests in Amsterdam on November 20, 2021 were cancelled after the violent destruction, people marched during the protest against the latest measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

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On Friday, the mayor of Rotterdam called the fierce demonstration a “violent carnival”, after which more than 50 people were arrested.

The Dutch police used high-pressure water guns and fired warning shots to injure at least two people after the mobs protesting against the Covid blockade in the country (implemented in the case of a surge in cases) set off police cars, set off fireworks and threw stones at the police.

This photo taken on November 20, 2021 shows a bicycle that was burned after protesting the partial blockade of Rotterdam and the 2G government policy.

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Many Dutch people opposed the lockdown, which resulted in shops, bars and restaurants being forced to close at 8pm

The Covid Pass restricts people who have been vaccinated or recently recovered from Covid from entering museums and bars and other places, and are now enforced in more places. The protesters opposed the government’s plan to enforce the Covid Pass in more areas of public life. Currently, stricter Covid measures will last until at least December 4.

Protest against the Italian “Green Pass” sign in Rome on November 20, 2021.

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The Covid Pass also contributed to the protests in Rome. A large crowd gathered in Rome this weekend to oppose the enforcement of the Italian version of the Covid Passport, the “Green Pass”, which became a mandatory requirement for all Italian workers on October 15.

Workers must present a vaccination certificate, test negative or have recently recovered from infection, otherwise they may be suspended from work without pay or face fines.

On November 20, 2021, people protested during a demonstration against the Green Pass Covid-19 health certificate organized by the “No Green Pass” and “No Vax” movements in Circo Massimo, Rome.

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Thousands of people also marched in the Croatian capital Zagreb on Saturday to protest the mandatory vaccination and Covid pass for public sector workers.

On November 20, 2021, thousands of people protested the Covid-19 measures in Zagreb, Croatia.

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In Germany, politicians have begun to debate the need for mandatory vaccination, and if this measure is implemented, it may trigger protests.

The country’s 7-day coronavirus incidence has hit a record high in the past two weeks, and only about 69% of the population has been vaccinated.

read more: As the infection rate hits a record high, Germany announces new Covid restrictions on people who have not been vaccinated

The government last week imposed restrictions on people who have not been vaccinated nationwide, but legislators from various political fields have indicated that stricter regulations may be needed.


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