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Canada wants to punish anti-vaccination protests in front of clinics draconian

2021-11-26T23:11:19.336Z

Canada plans to make intimidating health workers a criminal offense. Prosecutor General Lametti has presented a plan according to which aggressive protests in front of hospitals can be severely punished.



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Vaccination of children in Montreal, Canada: "threat is unacceptable"

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Canada is planning a law to criminalize protests against vaccination in hospitals.

Attorney General David Lametti on Friday unveiled plans to amend the Criminal Code that would provide for up to ten years' imprisonment if, for example, health care workers were intimidated or prevented from doing their job.

"We have all seen the protests during the pandemic, including this week," Lametti told journalists, pointing to "Covid deniers who are trying to prevent children from receiving potentially life-saving vaccines."

He called it "despicable and unacceptable" to "intimidate, harass, hinder or threaten" those involved.

Children ages five to eleven have been able to be vaccinated in Canada since Wednesday after Ottawa approved the Pfizer / Biontech vaccine for that age group.

Medical Association President Katherine Smart said there had been an "unfortunate escalation of hatred," including violence, against doctors and nurses at work last year.

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Source: spiegel

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