Tens of thousands of people gathered in cities in Greece and France on July 14, 2021 to protest government public health mandates that require people to show proof they have gotten COVID-19 vaccinations in order to gather in many public places. In Greece, the protests were organized after the unvaccinated were barred from almost all indoor public places, including bars, restaurants, theaters and other entertainment venues, and health care workers and military personnel were required to get the COVID-19 vaccine, while plans were underway to vaccinate15 year-old children with the consent of parents.
In France, on Bastille Day (July 14), police used tear gas on a crowd of 20,000 during a demonstration in Paris. People were protesting against government plans to mandate COVID-19 vaccine for health care workers and institute a “vaccine pass” mandate requiring citizens to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID test to enter most public spaces and face jail time and stiff fines for violating the law. Another mass demonstration drawing tens of thousands of people was held in the streets of Paris on July 17. Read more from Vaccine Reaction.