Residents of France gather for a protest for the third time over the government's intention to introduce Covid passports in local restaurants and public transport, AP reports.
About 3,000 law enforcement officers were involved to maintain order in Paris amid the beginning of the third Saturday of protests.
Some clashes with the police on the Boulevard Temple were recorded.
[THREAD VIDÉO] Nouveau samedi de mobilisation partout en France contre le #PassSanitaire. À #Paris, un "appel national" a été lancé au départ de l'arrêt Villiers en plus d'autres rassemblements #manif31juillet #manifestation31juillet #PassSanitaire #PasseSanitaire #manif31juillet pic.twitter.com/eZoyvZURIR— Thibault Izoret (@TIM_7375) July 31, 2021
Correspondents talk about the numerous use of firecrackers, to which the police respond with tear gas. Some of the protesters tried to build a barricade, after which arrests began. At least three police officers were injured.
French lawmakers have passed a bill to prevent the spread of the virus, which requires the provision of a Covid pass in most public places from August 9, and also obliges the government to vaccinate all health workers in the country by mid-September.
The poll results show that the majority of the French support this decision of the authorities, but some are strongly against it. A vaccination certificate or a negative coronavirus test result or proof of a recent recovery from Covid-19 disease is required to obtain a Covid pass.
Rallies take place in several other cities in France.
The announcement that the health pass would take effect on August 9 has driven many unvaccinated residents to sign up for inoculations so their social lives won’t get shut down during the summer holiday season. Vaccinations are now available at a wide variety of places, including some beaches. More than 52% of the French population has been vaccinated. About 112,000 people have died of the virus in France since the start of the pandemic.