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Riots about Covid passports, in Europe

I've been reading the news about unrest and riots in Europe about the advent of Covid-passports to enter different establishments.
The news makes it seem as if this is happening on every street corner.
I'm wondering if any one who is in Europe at present has seen any of this going on?, or is it just here and there, and nothing to worry about for travelers?

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14 posts

We are currently in Bucharest, Romania. They require proof of vaccination to go indoors and it is running very smoothly.

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7445 posts

I think the riots are not only about the Covid passports, although that is certainly part of it. They seem for the moment to be more prevalent in places that have introduced lockdowns (Austria) or curfews (Netherlands).

The Guardian (UK) usually has pretty broad coverage of incidents Europe-wide (I mention them because they publish in English).

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5776 posts

In the last week have been in Amsterdam, Brussels, Ghent, and Cologne. No protests, riots, or even belligerent "Karens"; only compliance for the most part. Been checked, as has everyone else, going into bars and restaurants, with no one complaining.

I think maybe what you saw was protest over additional lockdown restrictions in the Netherlands. Shops close at 6PM, Bars and Restaurants at 8PM, some places just stay closed rather than work around the restriction...so it is putting a strain on businesses and those that would like to go out (Even the ladies in the windows have to close the curtain at 6PM). Many feel closing a few hours early to be ineffective.

The Belgians however do not mind, they noticed an uptick in evening business since the measures.

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5486 posts

There has been trouble in several countries - Austria, Italy, Croatia, Belgium, the Netherlands etc, but as I understand it, it’s not necessarily about Covid passports - it’s also against compulsory vaccination, lockdown restrictions, mask wearing, nightclub access and mandatory working from home.

It’s not happening on every street corner, but unrest does seem to be spreading. It is happening in major cities, so to say you aren’t going to see anything may not be accurate either.

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1820 posts

Stop watching the news. If you read about several of the areas of unrest you'll see it's not everywhere. Italy along the Austrian boarder has protests along with high Covid numbers, go figure. The protests by the "Dutch" in the "Netherlands" is actually in The Hauge and Rotterdam in Belgium but makes it sound like it's in Amsterdam. It shouldn't be hard to avoid any protests.

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7445 posts

The protests by the "Dutch" in the "Netherlands" is actually in The Hauge and Rotterdam in Belgium

??????

Both The Hague and Rotterdam are in the Netherlands . . . and populated by Dutch people along with immigrants, of course.

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2186 posts

In the last week, the most publicized protests have been in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague. The most violent being Rotterdam, then The Hague. Because The Hague is the seat of government, we seem to get protests almost weekly - lately, more often than that.

Concerns are primarily about COVID restrictions, such as the requirement of needing a QR code or wearing a mask. Locals are concerned about an impending lockdown if numbers do not improve. Last year, Christmas was spent in lockdown and no one wants a repeat of that. The English website versions of the Dutch news have many stories and photos.

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8285 posts

Where are you reading or watching?
First, there is no such thing as a Covid-passport. We have QR codes to scan. Second, protests are limited and among the minority that refuses to vaccinate and are facing restrictions. The rest of us just get on with our lives, stay vaxxed, and stay masked. You need to watch a different channel.

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4645 posts

I live in Austria - the current epicenter of COVID controversy. There were demonstrations (riots is a real stretch of imagination) against mandatory vaccines on Saturday that were very controlled and calm. I live about 4 blocks away from where the demonstrations ended and I didn't hear or see a thing. I am totally going about my days here without any issue. What is a COVID passport anyway???

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5776 posts

For our European friends; "Covid Passport" was a term tossed around in the US as there was talk of either a national or even internationally recognized record of vaccination or recovery. In the US that went down fast...hence all we have is a little note card with some handwritten scrawls on it.

In the EU, it is referred to more as a "Green Pass" and exists as each countries QR code they issue, or on my trip, your CovPass, CovidSafe, or CoronaCheck, or the Pass Sanitaire in France.. At the EU level (though no "EU" pass exists) it is referred to as the EU Digital Covid Certificate or EU DCC.

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192 posts

All quiet here in Hamburg. The Scandinavian churches in the Portuguese quarter had their annual Christmas market this weekend, so we were actually out and about. Each church checked QR codes, with some requiring Luca, some actually checking the app, and some just looking that you had it plus ID. Went to the Dom a few weeks ago, and that also had long lines for the ID and QR check. Nobody seemed fussed. Saw one lady turned away from the churches as her 2 weeks post-vax were not up. She shrugged and went elsewhere.

The US CDC card has been no trouble--my parents had theirs when they came to visit. I would be more worried about the actual rising numbers and the prospect of lockdowns than about the potential for some sort of riot.

*Note: I was in Barcelona during the heavy clashes in October 2019--enjoyed a glass of wine just a few blocks from the clashes and watched emergency vehicles and police transports rushing by. If you want to avoid protests and clashes, most of the time it isn't hard to do.

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1153 posts

I have been in Spain and in the Plaza Mayor hotel when so-called riots have been in news in US. They are easy to avoid and except for the chanting of the people in the Plaza, I never heard or saw much.

I'd be more worried about the rise in cases and being quarantined.

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1754 posts

Calm down everyone.
Please don't feel the need to tell me not to watch the news....I said I had been reading the news.

For your information, Canada does indeed have a Federal Covid Vaccine Passport, with a QR code and info of which vaccines you were given and where and when; and that is the phrase used in some news reports about some of the European countries too.

https://www.iphoneincanada.ca/how-to/how-to-download-canadas-covid-19-vaccine-passport-for-travel/

I'm not traveling to Europe any time soon, I was only asking a simple question about what it was actually like in some of the countries there with people protesting vaccines, proof of vaccines, and yes, having to show what is termed Covid Passports.

Thank you to those of you who gave useful information.

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1096 posts

Heck we have riots, protests, demonstrations and sit-ins on a daily basis in the U.S. that have nothing to do with COVID. Just another day on the planet.

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1754 posts

Yes, brushtim, that is the case, and so unfortunate.
Happening in every country I think.
Human beings gone completely mad. :((

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2517 posts

In Spain, no one protests against COVID restrictions/passports, we just protest against the mundane things like inflation and for better wages lol!