Thousands march against COVID pass in Paris

Thousands of protesters marched in Paris on Saturday (September 11), for the ninth straight weekend, condemning the country's use of health passes to fight the spread of coronavirus.

French government requires a health pass for people to enter cinemas, restaurants, gyms, or museums.

The pass shows proof of vaccination, a negative test or recovery from the disease

People on the march chanted slogans such as "Freedom" and "Macron, we don't want your pass!"

This man says he's hoping the government withdraws the health pass, and especially that they don't make vaccines mandatory.

This woman says she protests every Saturday for freedom. It's my duty for my children, for my grandchildren, to live in a free country, she says.

The government says it is necessary to combat the pandemic.

Violent clashes broke out at another protest in Toulouse when an unidentified group attacked demonstrators with sticks and walking crutches.

The interior ministry said 121,000 people joined anti-health pass protests around France as of Saturday evening.

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