Watch thousands of people in Europe protest against the Covid Pass (VIDEOS) — RT World News

On Saturday, sporadic clashes broke out in large-scale demonstrations in major European cities. Thousands of people took to the streets of Vienna, Paris and Rome to express their dissatisfaction with the Covid-19 restrictions.

On Saturday, the Austrian capital Vienna saw its biggest protest since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. A total of 38,000 people took to the streets of the city and participated in more than a dozen demonstrations against government measures.

The protests occurred on the second day after the Austrian authorities ordered mandatory vaccination across the country from February 1 and imposed a complete lockdown from Monday. A large-scale parade spanning several kilometers advances along Vienna’s Central Ring Road. Due to traffic restrictions, the city centre was paralyzed for several hours.

The Austrian Right-wing Liberal Party, whose members participated in the rally, set the number of protesters at 100,000. Some members of far-right groups also participated in some demonstrations. The protests were generally peaceful, but footage released by the Ruptly Video News Agency showed that several scuffles broke out between the police and the demonstrators.

The law enforcement agency talked about arresting a total of five people. In one incident, a protester tried to grab an officer’s gun and remove it from the holster. In another incident, the police were thrown bottles and fireworks and had to respond with pepper spray.

In Paris, the French capital, hundreds of kilometers from Vienna, the incident took a more dramatic turn. There, a demonstration against the government’s Covid-19 measures coincided with the third anniversary of the Yellow Vest Movement. Hundreds of protesters participated in the protests, which quickly evolved into clashes between demonstrators and law enforcement agencies.

The protesters are building roadblocks and setting fire to them, and throwing bottles and various other projectiles at the police. Law enforcement agencies responded with a large amount of tear gas, sometimes filling the entire street with heavy smoke to disperse the crowd.

Rome held a large-scale demonstration against the Italian Covid-19 Health Pass (also known as the Green Pass). According to the police, about 4,000 people gathered in the center of the Italian capital.Demonstrators waving national flags and chanting slogans “free” with “There is no green pass,” Refers to the vaccination certificate required to enter various public places such as clubs and bars.

The crowd held a sit-in at the Circus Maximus, a modern park converted from an ancient Roman chariot racing circuit. They stayed there after sunset, illuminating the area with thousands of mobile phones and colored smoke bombs. However, the rally was peaceful because the police did not report any incidents.

Unlike Rome, there were clashes between protesters and police in the northern Italian city of Milan as law enforcement officers tried to disperse unauthorized gatherings in the city center. Large numbers of police were deployed to the city center, and several squares were sealed off.

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