Over 70 People Reportedly Detained in Saturday Rallies Against Sanitary Passes in France
© REUTERS / BENOIT TESSIERA protester holds a placard that reads "No to the health passport" during a demonstration called by the French nationalist party "Les Patriotes" (The Patriots) against France's restrictions to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, on the "Droits de l'Homme" (human rights) esplanade at the Trocadero Square in Paris, France, July 24, 2021.
© REUTERS / BENOIT TESSIER
PARIS (Sputnik) - Seventy-one people protesting against COVID-19 restrictions were detained in France on Saturday, media reported, citing the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
About a third of them, 24 people, were detained in the French capital, LCI broadcaster said.
About 160,000 people country-wide joined the rallies against COVID restrictions and sanitary passes in France on Saturday. The number of protesters in Paris is estimated at 11,000.
On 12 July, President Emmanuel Macron announced new containment measures, including the introduction of mandatory sanitary passes, which would be required in restaurants, shopping centres, aboard planes and long-distance trains. A sanitary pass will indicate if a person is immune to COVID-19 or recently tested negative for the virus. The bill on the measures was approved by the parliament earlier in the week.
Since 21 July, sanitary passes are mandatory for visiting museums, theatres, movies, festivals, performances and amusement parks.