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Vandals attack and set fire to two vaccination centers

Two French vaccination centers were so vandalized over the weekend (July 17-18) that they were put out of use.

The first in Lans-en-Vercors, in Isère, was set on fire on Friday evening (July 16). A police investigation was opened into this incident.

Anti-vaccine slogans were graffiti on the buildings and monuments of the town, reading RNA = danger and Vaccine = genocide.

The town of 2,600 people will reopen a new vaccination center next weekend.

In the meantime, Mayor Michaël Kraemer declared The Dauphiné freed: “We are paying the price for high profile national politicians who use vaccine suspicion to their advantage. “

A second vaccination center was also set on fire in Urrugne, in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, on Saturday evening (July 17).

Mayor Philippe Aramendi mentionned: “I was called at 3:00 am and we understood that a flammable product had spilled around the tent. [housing the vaccine centre]. Fortunately, the firefighters were able to control the flame and only part of the center was damaged. “

The center is expected to be closed until Wednesday July 21.

Mr. Aramendi said he was “sad” to think there were anti-vaccines in the commune and called the destruction of the center “unacceptable”.

A police investigation was opened.

All over France on Saturday almost 114,000 people protested against the new rules for the extension of the use of the health pass, which will make it more difficult for people not vaccinated against Covid-19 to access public spaces such as restaurants, cinemas, gymnasiums and long-distance transport.

To access these spaces, people must present proof of complete vaccination, a negative result of the PCR test carried out in the previous 48 hours or proof of having already had Covid-19 and therefore of being considered immune.

PCR tests will cost 49 € without a prescription from the fall, while vaccination will remain free.

Read more: Cafés, trains, restaurants: France extends the sanitary pass, the new rules

Following the protests, a deputy was expelled from the Liberties and Territories party for having urged the demonstrators to “invade” the constituency offices of the deputies.

Martine Wonner, MP for Bas-Rhin, attended the demonstrations in Paris where she called the new rules a “health dictatorship”.

She then encouraged protesters to “besiege MPs” and “invade their surgical constituencies” to show their opposition to the new measures.

This has led to calls from MPs to be kicked out of parliament, with Christophe Castaner, MP for President Emmanuel Macron‘s LREM party, saying authorities should investigate the advisability of legal action against the deputy.

On Sunday July 18, Liberties and Territories will be released A declaration saying Ms Wonner’s actions were “unacceptable” and that she was no longer a member of their party.

Ms. Wonner had already been expelled from LREM in May 2020 after voting against the deconfinement plans.

She told AFP: “Once again, my words have been misinterpreted by people with prejudices. I was talking about deputies responding directly to citizens, who cannot bear to receive responses from their elected representatives by mail, telephone or email.

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