Hundreds of thousands demand an end to severe government restrictions in the UK, France, Italy and other nations;
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Global protests against vaccine passes, lockdowns rock Europe, Australia.
- Police used water cannons and tear gas to break up the massive crowds, including on the Champs-Élysées, where officers at one point fled from groups of unarmed, primarily young protesters.
- Large-scale demonstrations took place in several other cities, including Marseille, Toulouse, Montpellier, Valence, and Strasbourg.
- In Chambéry and Poiters, citizens stormed town halls, tearing down portraits of President Emmanuel Macron, and protesters allegedly burned a vaccine center in the southwestern municipality of Urrugne.
- French authorities have said that the full number of protesters in the country on Saturday was roughly 160,000. Florian Phillippot, president of the conservative Patriots Party, slammed the Macron government for “making fun of the French.”