Thousands gather to protest pandemic measures in Dublin

Speakers at the protest criticised the introduction of pandemic restrictions and argued that people were being “coerced” into getting the vaccine and “discriminated against” if they opted not to. Attendees were also critical of the media’s coverage of the crisis. [EPA-EFE/STR]

Thousands of people gathered in Dublin on Saturday afternoon for a demonstration against COVID-19 restrictions. The group marched through the city before holding a rally.

Speakers at the protest criticised the introduction of pandemic restrictions and argued that people were being “coerced” into getting the vaccine and “discriminated against” if they opted not to. Attendees were also critical of the media’s coverage of the crisis.

Following a spike in infections, recent weeks have seen the reintroduction of some pandemic restrictions in Ireland, most of which were lifted in October. As in much of Europe, proof of vaccination or immunity, such as the EU Digital COVID Certificate, is required in Ireland to access venues such as restaurants, bars and cinemas. 

The country’s National Public Health Emergency Team also said it was meeting this weekend to assess the new Omicron variant’s situation and consider the introduction of potential further measures. 

Ireland joined several other countries in restricting travel to and from seven African countries seen as areas of concern for the variant, instituting new testing and quarantine rules for anyone arriving from them.

(Molly Killeen | EURACTIV.com)

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