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The demonstration against health measures in Luxembourg, which brought together nearly 2,000 participants, was marked by several incidents on Saturday, December 4, 2021 in the capital.
From clashes took place between some demonstrators and the police. Barriers were used in particular as projectiles, informed the Grand Ducal police in a bulletin.
Faced with the disorder, and unable to maintain the CovidCheck protocol, mayor Lydie Polfer had to do prematurely closing the Christmas markets Saturday afternoon.
“I cannot and I do not want to accept it”, replies Xavier Bettel
In the aftermath of the incidents, Grand Ducal Prime Minister Xavier Bettel reacted on social networks. “What happened yesterday in the city, I can and I don’t want to accept,” he wrote.
The right to protest and the freedom of opinion are important freedoms that I always defend, even if people think differently from me. Freedom of opinion does not mean that one can frighten families with young children by storming the Christmas markets. It does not mean that we should attack people who have another opinion. It does not mean that one should be allowed to downplay the Holocaust.
Xavier Bettel also says he takes responsibility for decisions taken at government level: “As Prime Minister, it is my duty to guarantee the well-being of the general public. In times of a pandemic, this means that we, as a government, must also take action that not everyone likes ”.
Solidaritéit, Demokratie a Matmënschlechkeet si méi staark wéi Haass, Gewalt an Egoismus! XB 1 // 7
– Xavier Bettel (@Xavier_Bettel) December 5, 2021
The Prime Minister ensures that these decisions are taken “with respect for democracy and the rule of law”. Finally, “democracy cannot be intimidated. Because democracy is all of us. And together, we are strong, ”concluded Xavier Bettel.
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