Czechs Protest Restrictions On Unvaccinated As Cases Soar

People holding placards protest at a rally in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, to decry the government’s restrictions on unvaccinated people as new infections soared in the European Union nation. The words ZRADCE NARODA on the placards read: "Betrayer of the nation". (Michal Kamaryt/CTK via AP)

(AP) — Protesters are marching through the Czech capital of Prague to decry the government’s new restrictions on unvaccinated people.

The protesters demanded “Freedom!” for the unvaccinated. They carried posters with pictures of politicians — including Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Health Minister Adam Vojtech — calling them traitors. But unlike recent rallies in the Netherlands and Brussels, this protest was peaceful.

The crowd of several hundred was significantly smaller than at a similar demonstration last week.

New restrictions to tackle the Czech Republic’s soaring infection rate went into effect Monday and target the unvaccinated. The country’s vaccination rate of 58.1% is below the EU average of 65.5%.

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