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Protests in northern Greece by virulent anti-vaxxers are underway this evening. Demonstrators in Thessaloniki have been chanting: “We are living under occupation. We have to understand it in order to liberate Greece.”
The protests come amid a surge in Covid-19 infections that is causing growing alarm as the country battles a fourth wave of the pandemic blamed largely on the refusal of a significant number of Greeks to have the jab.
The public health body (EODY) announced 2,727 new cases today following a record- breaking 4,696 diagnoses on Saturday. An additional 44 Covid-related fatalities brought the death toll to just under 16,000 in a population of around 11 million.
Of the 421 people on life support, 357 (84.8%) are unvaccinated, or only partially inoculated with epidemiologists speaking of an “epidemic” amongst those who have yet to be fully jabbed.
Anti-vaccine protests has been especially strong in northern Greece where far right groups have also infiltrated the movement.
Prominent frontline doctors, many of whom speak regularly about the pandemic and the need to vaccinate against Covid-19, have reportedly received death threats. In the latest case Theodoros Vassilakopoulos, a leading professor of respiratory and critical care medicine, was physically assaulted in a taverna on Saturday after asking the restaurant’s owners to inspect whether its clientele were in possession of Covid-19 certificates.
Organisers of the anti-vaccine protest in Thessaloniki called on participants to support the the taverna’s proprietors by giving the eatery glowing reviews on social media.
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