Sumary of Dutch, Turkish virus curbs spark protests:
- Many, including DJs and musicians, called for the lifting of limits on the event industry at a rally held under the banner “Unmute Us”.
- The organisers called for protests in 10 cities, including Amsterdam, The Hague, Groningen and Maastricht.
- The organisers said young people in particular were missing festivals, large parties and other events and that the ongoing restrictions were causing many mental health problems.
- Meanwhile, more than 2000 Turks demonstrated in Istanbul on Saturday against official coronavirus-related mandates including vaccinations, tests and masks, responding to new government measures and an inoculation push.
- About 64 per cent of Turks have received two vaccine shots under a program that has administered more than 100 million jabs.
- Still, about 23,000 new cases emerge daily, prompting Health Minister Fahrettin Koca to warn this month of “a pandemic of the unvaccinated”.
- Greek police fired tear gas and water canon on Saturday to break up a demonstration of thousands of people protesting against mandatory coronavirus vaccinations.
- Authorities said protesters hurled flares at police in Greece’s second-biggest city of Thessaloniki, who blocked them from trying to reach the area where Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was due to deliver his annual economic address.