Protests against quarantine restrictions continue in Europe

On Sunday, protests continued in several European cities, as well as in French overseas territories, against quarantine restrictions reintroduced in response to the rapidly growing number of Covid-19 infections.

Clashes between protesters and police have taken place in the Belgian capital, Brussels, in several Dutch cities, as well as in the French overseas department of Guadeloupe.

Demonstrations have also taken place in Austria, where the government has announced a housekeeping and compulsory vaccination.

Police estimate that 35,000 people have taken to the streets in Brussels to march through the area where governments and European Union (EU) institutions are located. They mainly protested against the ban on the unvaccinated visiting public places such as bars and restaurants.

The demonstration, which was initially peaceful, later escalated into violence, with protesters scouring police with various objects. The security guards, in turn, used water throwers and tear gas.

Three police officers injured in the collision, reports the agency “Belga”.

Some of the marchers marched under the flags of the Flemish nationalists, while other demonstrators wore striped cloths reminiscent of the uniforms of Nazi concentration camp prisoners.

Protests against quarantine restrictions continued in Dutch cities for the third night in a row.

In Groningen, Leeuwarden, Enschede and Tilburg, protesters have detonated firecrackers and vandalized public and private property, police said.

A riot broke out in Rotterdam on Friday night and in The Hague on Saturday night.

To date, more than 100 people have been detained in the Netherlands in total, but at least 12 have been injured during demonstrations.

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In Austria, some 6,000 people took to the streets of Linz on Sunday, while 40,000 protesters took part in protests against the partial house in Vienna the day before.

From Monday, Austrians are allowed to leave home only to go to work, buy basic necessities or exercise. From February 1 next year, all Austrians must be vaccinated.

In Guadeloupe, meanwhile, protests against quarantine measures have been going on for a week, and France sent an army to its Caribbean island on Sunday. The prime minister, Jean-Castex, has summoned leading Guadeloupe officials to Paris.

Protesters continued to block the streets on Sunday, obeying the curfew. Robbery and arson of shops and pharmacies are also reported.

38 eight people have been detained and two members of the security forces have been injured.

The Guadeloupe prefecture reports that protesters have fired on security forces and firefighters.

Although vaccination rates are higher in mainland France than in the overseas territories, there is also a worrying increase in the number of infections.

“The fifth [pandÄ“mijas] “The wave is starting at lightning speed,” said Gabriel Atals, a government spokesman.

Despite high levels of vaccination, several European countries have had to renew quarantine restrictions to stop a new wave of Covid-19.

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