Demonstrations have broken out throughout Europe as many countries on the continent adopt a policy once regarded as a tinfoil-hat level conspiracy theory.
Subsequent waves of COVID-19 have resulted in spikes in the number of infections, including “breakthrough” infections that affect individuals who have already received vaccines for the virus. This has led governments to implement increasingly authoritarian policies. In place like France and Italy, these include carrying proof of vaccination in order to enter public spaces such as gyms, restaurants, bars, venues, and government buildings.
Calls for such policies have been echoed by mostly progressive lawmakers in the United States, with conservative critics slamming them as a gross breach of Constitutional rights. Clearly, many people in Europe seem to agree with their sentiment.
In the video below, you see police officers in France patrolling around outdoor restaurant areas, asking patrons to provide proof that they have been vaccinated. Just about everyone shown seems to tacitly comply.
This is contrasted with the following clips showing protests and even violent clashes with law enforcement. The scenes look truly dystopian at times, and include protests inside Italy’s parliament.
The heavy-handed push we’re seeing to push everyone with a pulse to get a vaccine is truly frightening. Worse, it’s based on an impossible goal of no less than zero COVID cases.
Anyone with an elementary understanding of viruses work knows that this is simply impossible. Viruses like the flu as well as the coronaviruses associated with the common cold have become a permanent fixture in our lives. Vaccines for the relatively common influenza virus began in the 1930s, and yet the virus persists.
At this point, almost everyone in every industrialized country on Earth has had the opportunity to get vaccinated if they wanted to. Authoritarian crackdowns aren’t going to change that. This is a losing battle that can only result in further intrusions on liberty.
Here’s the DC Shorts with the disturbing clips.