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Photographs of anti-Covid protests in Europe

A demonstrator lights a smoke bomb during a rally by the right-wing extremist FPÖ against the measures to contain the Covid pandemic on November 20, 2021 on Maria-Theresien-Platz in Vienna.

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Protests against new Covid-19 restrictions rocked Europe over the weekend, with demonstrations breaking out in places like Brussels, Vienna, Rome and Amsterdam.

Protests broke out in Vienna on Sunday after Austria entered its fourth national lockdown due to the current wave of pandemics.

More than 50,000 people protested on November 20, 2021 in Vienna against the measures to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Protesters gather in front of the Gare du Nord in Brussels on November 21. Police estimate that 35,000 people have gathered to protest the Covid Pass, which they believe is divisive.

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Protesters clashed with police in Belgium after tens of thousands of people gathered for a march through downtown Brussels on Sunday. According to police estimates, around 35,000 people took part in the “Protest for Freedom” march, which is primarily intended to protest against stricter Covid restrictions.

Meanwhile, the demonstrations in the Netherlands lasted for a third day, after scenes of violence and dozens of arrests in Rotterdam, with thousands gathering in Amsterdam over the weekend.

After the riots in Rotterdam, there were further riots in various parts of the city in The Hague on Saturday evening, as well as reports of riots in several other smaller Dutch cities.

People march in Amsterdam during a protest against the latest measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, despite the event’s cancellation after violent protests in Rotterdam, on November 20, 2021.

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After violent demonstrations, which the mayor of the city described as an “orgy of violence”, over 50 people were arrested in Rotterdam on Friday.

Dutch police used water cannons and fired warning shots, injuring at least two people after rioters against the country’s partial Covid lockdown – imposed amid rising cases – set a police car on fire, set off fireworks and put stones on police officers had hurled.

This photo from November 20, 2021 shows burned bicycles after a protest against the partial ban and the 2G government policy in Rotterdam.


Many Dutch people are against the lockdown, which forced shops, bars and restaurants to close at 8 p.m.

Covid passports, which restrict access to places like museums and bars for vaccinated people or those recently recovered from Covid, are now mandatory in more places. Protesters oppose government plans to make Covid passports mandatory in more areas of public life. For the time being, tightened Covid measures should last until at least December 4th.

A sign protesting Italy’s “Green Pass” in Rome on November 20, 2021.

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Covid Passes are also fueling protests in Rome, where large crowds gathered this weekend to oppose the enforcement of the Italian version of the Covid Pass, the “Green Pass,” which became mandatory for all Italian workers on October 15 , resisted.

Workers are required to present either proof of vaccination, negative test, or recent recovery from infection, or they can be suspended from work without pay or face a fine.

People protest during a demonstration organized by the No Green Pass and No Vax movements against the Green Pass Covid-19 health certificate at the Circo Massimo in Rome on November 20, 2021.

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Also in the Croatian capital Zagreb, thousands of people demonstrated on Saturday against vaccination requirements for public sector employees and against Covid passports.

Thousands of people will protest against the Covid-19 measures on November 20, 2021 in Zagreb, Croatia.

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In Germany, politicians are debating the need for vaccination requirements, which if implemented could trigger protests.

The country’s seven-day coronavirus incidence rate has hit record highs in the past two weeks, while only about 69% of the population are fully vaccinated.

Read more: Germany announces new Covid restrictions for unvaccinated people as the infection rate hits a record

The government put nationwide restrictions on unvaccinated people last week, but lawmakers from across the political spectrum have said stricter rules may be needed.

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