Thousands took to the streets in the Netherlands and Turkey over the past weekend to rally against the COVID-19 mandate, with Dutch organizers claiming that more than 150,000 people took to the streets.
Musicians and DJs were among the thousands who protested on Saturday, saying government restrictions on nightclubs and music venues should be revoked.
protest, Called “Unmute us” Protests took place in Amsterdam and other major cities.
According to the translation, a website of the group says, “We need to stand up to the event industry, which has been closed for a year and a half.”
Organizers said the first Unmute Us demonstration was held on August 21 and attracted thousands of people.
The Dutch government is trying to determine whether nightclubs and related venues should reopen by the end of this month. The current ban will last till November 1.
Clubs and other venues across the Netherlands were allowed to open at the end of June. However, when the number of cases reportedly increased, the restrictions were reimposed.
Many music festivals have been postponed by their organizers to 2022 due to the pandemic.
According to DW, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Root is due to deliver a speech about the country’s COVID-19 mandate during Tuesday’s news conference.
Last week, thousands of protesters took to the streets in various Dutch cities against the COVID-19 restrictions, with nearly sixty organizations participating.
Over the weekend, thousands demonstrated in Turkey against government-mandated COVID-19 restrictions, including vaccines, testing and masking.
“This pandemic is going on with even greater restrictions on our freedoms and there is no end to it,” software developer Erdem Boz, 40, told Reuters. “Masks, vaccines, PCR tests can all be made mandatory. We are here to express our dissatisfaction over this.”
On Monday, the Turkish government began requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for all users of intercity planes, buses and trains, as well as those attending large events such as concerts or theater performances.
“We are against all these mandates,” said Ayanur Buruk Bilen, with the pandemic resistance movement. “I think vaccines are not perfect, and this is an experimental liquid.”
Meanwhile, in France, there were more demonstrations across the country on Saturday, including in Paris, against COVID-19 vaccine passports and mandatory vaccines for healthcare workers.
The French interior ministry said around 120,000 took part in the demonstrations, a slight drop from the protests over the past weekend.
Reuters contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times