Police in Athens have damaged up a protest outdoors the Greek parliament, utilizing tear fuel and water cannon to scatter the demonstrators. The protest was a response to the federal government’s announcement of obligatory vaccination for some.
A crowd of greater than 3,500 protesters gathered in Syntagma Sq., outdoors the Hellenic Parliament in Athens on Wednesday. After being requested to go away, a number of the protesters threw bottles and different projectiles at cops, Greek information outlet Kathimerini reported.
The police responded with tear fuel, flash grenades, and a truck-mounted water cannon. Movies shared on social media captured the crackdown.
#BREAKING⚠️❗The tense state of affairs this night in entrance of the Greek Parliament in Athens. The police are utilizing water cannon and tear fuel to disperse an illustration in opposition to the vaccination cross 🇬🇷. #Greece#Athens – Sputnik pic.twitter.com/c9NKBcuqej
— Fra 🇮🇹🗣️ (@FrancescComito) July 21, 2021
A few of the protesters wore non secular clothes and clutched icons, whereas others waved flags and handed out leaflets for right-wing political actions, based on one other report from Kathimerini. Clashes have been additionally reported outdoors the College of Athens, and within the northern metropolis of Thessaloniki.
Related protests broke out final week after Greece’s authorities ordered the necessary Covid vaccination of healthcare employees and nursing-home workers. Those that refuse the jabs can have their pay withheld, and the federal government has not dominated out extending the requirement to different employees within the fall.
Greece shouldn’t be the one nation to mandate that a few of its inhabitants get vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus. France and Italy have each launched obligatory vaccination for healthcare employees, whereas the UK will quickly require residents to indicate proof of inoculation to enter nightclubs and different crowded social areas.
As cops dispersed the gang at Syntagma Sq., Greece’s Nationwide Public Well being Group introduced that 2,972 new instances of Covid-19 had been recorded within the previous 24 hours, together with three deaths. Every day instances have risen considerably in Greece since early June, when most days noticed lower than 500. Deaths this month, in the meantime, are at their lowest ranges since final 12 months.
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