Demonstrators marched in the Czech capital Prague on Monday to denounce government restrictions on unvaccinated people as the number of new infections rose in the European Union member state.
Hundreds of demonstrators demanded “Freedom!” Unvaccinated people refused to pay the government for people to get their vaccines.
They carried posters with pictures of politicians – including Prime Minister Andre Babis, Health Minister Adam Wojtek and prominent epidemiologists – calling them traitors. Unlike recent rallies in Holland and Brussels, this protest was peaceful. The crowd was much smaller than a similar demonstration last week.
New restrictions to deal with an uptick in infections in the Czech Republic took effect on Monday and target the unvaccinated. Unvaccinated people are no longer allowed to show negative coronavirus tests to attend public events, go to bars and restaurants, visit hairdressers and museums, or use hotels. People who have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 can visit all of these sites.
The measures were approved in a bid to increase the country’s vaccination rate by 58.1%, which is below the EU average of 65.5%.
Coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic have risen sharply, setting a new record twice last week. The Ministry of Health said Monday, that the infection rate exceeded 1,000 new cases per 100,000 residents during the past seven days for the first time, reaching 1,002 cases.
Overall, the country of 10.7 million has recorded more than 2 million cases with 32,173 deaths.