Europe’s Covid predicament – how do you solve a problem like the anti-vaxxers?

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Europe’s Covid predicament – how do you solve a problem like the anti-vaxxers?

Compulsory vaccination risks boosting a protest movement gaining ground in Europe’s cities

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A woman wearing a face mask bearing the slogan ‘Don’t give (Bill) Gates a chance’ during a demonstration against measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Berlin.
Photograph: Michael Sohn/AP

In front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate a politically incongruous crowd of protesters gathered yesterday. They wore flowers in their hair, hazmat suits emblazoned with the letter Q, badges displaying the old German imperial flag or T-shirts reading “Gates, My Ass” – a reference to the US software billionaire Bill Gates.
Around the globe, millions are counting the days until a Covid-19 vaccine is discovered. These people, however, were protesting for the right not to be inoculated – and they weren’t the only ones.
For the ninth week running, thousands gathered in European cities to vent their anger at social distancing restrictions they believe to be a draconian ploy to suspend basic civil rights and pave the way for “enforced vaccinations” that will do more harm than the Covid-19 virus itself.

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