Demonstrations against epidemic control measures broke out in many places in Europe on Saturday. People who were dissatisfied with freedom of movement and restricted economic activities took to the streets to protest. Some demonstrators also clashed with the police.
According to statistics from Agence France-Presse, the spread of COVID-19 has accelerated recently, and new cases worldwide have increased by 14% in the past week. Several European countries have tightened restrictions for this reason. Among them, Poland has designated the country as the “red zone” with the highest level of epidemic prevention and control since Saturday. The 16 provinces with the most severe epidemic in France have closed the city around the same day. Cinemas, theaters, museums and other facilities in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, have also been temporarily closed. .
This has prompted people who are increasingly tired of epidemic prevention and control to take to the streets. In Kassel, Hessen, Germany, about 15,000 to 20,000 people participated in a protest rally organized by extreme right, extreme left, and conspiracy theory groups, demanding that the authorities end the blockade. This is one of the largest gatherings of anti-epidemic measures in Germany this year.
Some demonstrators tried to break through the line of defense and were dispersed by the police with water cannons, truncheons and pepper spray. The police also accused the demonstrators of repeatedly attacking ambulance personnel, “This is not the way to behave in peaceful protests.”
Thousands of people in the British capital London also participated in protests against the control of the epidemic. Many demonstrators held placards promoting conspiracy theories related to the epidemic. The London police said they arrested 36 demonstrators, most of whom violated epidemic prevention measures, and some demonstrators threw objects at the police.
Similar demonstrations also took place in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, Vienna, the capital of Austria, Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, and Liestal, the western city of Switzerland.
The demonstration in Liestal attracted about 5,000 people, while the local population was only 14,500. The demonstrators held high slogans such as “enough”, “vaccine to kill”, and “modern slaves must wear masks”, criticizing the local government for “dictatorship” and demanding that restrictive measures be stopped.
Large numbers of tourists flock in ignoring epidemic prevention,
Miami Beach enters a state of emergency
At the same time, the Florida city of Miami Beach declared a state of emergency on Saturday due to crowds gathering during the spring break. The local entertainment area also imposed a curfew every night from 8 am to 6 am the next morning.
Recently, a large number of tourists have flocked to Miami Beach for vacation. Videos on social media show that many people ignore the epidemic prevention regulations and do not wear masks or maintain social distancing.
About 13% of the population in the United States has been vaccinated against coronavirus, which makes many people believe that the epidemic is under control. Rob, a Texas student who was on vacation in Miami Beach, said: “You can get vaccinated so that you can come here and enjoy the good time like us, because we have been vaccinated.”
But experts warn that people must remain vigilant, otherwise the number of infections may increase sharply. Fauci, the chief infectious disease expert of the US government, said on Saturday: “I am really worried that if we declare victory too soon, history will repeat itself… If we can persist for a while, the more people get vaccinated, the chances of a rebound of the epidemic will be. The lower.”
Like many other countries, many people in the United States have concerns about vaccination. Engel, a 58-year-old West Virginia resident, said: “If they try to get me an injection, they have to put me in jail.”
However, experts also believe that as the poorer regions of the world have successively launched vaccination programs, the world’s hopes of getting rid of the epidemic at an early date have increased.