Thousands of anti-vaccine protesters and those opposed to measures to fight COVID participated in a large demonstration in Washington this Sunday to demand “medical freedom”. Another demonstration in Brussels, in which some 50,000 people participated, ended in riots and violence with dozens of detainees.
Thousands of protesters, arriving from different parts of the United States, gathered this Sunday in the central National Mall in Washington, where they heard speeches by relevant voices from the world of anti-vaccines.
Among those present there were constant appeals to freedom and messages of a more directly political nature, such as flags in support of Donald Trump or against President Joe Biden.
Violence and tear gas in the European quarter of Brussels
Across the Atlantic, in Brussels, the Belgian capital, another demonstration against restrictions and vaccination, in which some 50,000 people participated, ended with riots and scenes of violence in the European quarter.
The police fired water cannons and tear gas. There were 70 detainees and fifteen wounded, three of them policemen and the rest, protesters, but none seriously.
March in Barcelona to the cry of “freedom”
Very different atmosphere in Barcelona, where some 1,100 people, according to the police, calmly marched through the city center waving banners that read “It’s not a pandemic, it’s a dictatorship” and others against the health pass. The masks, mandatory in Spain, were conspicuous by their absence.