, Dec 7 () –
The Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xaviel Bettel, has called this Tuesday “unacceptable” the demonstrations against the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic this Saturday, where there were some tense and violent scenes.
In an intervention in Parliament, Bettel stressed that it is “unacceptable” for citizens to “march through the city without respecting the rules of the right to demonstrate.” “It is unacceptable that entire groups of people ignore the laws and ignore the restrictions,” he continued.
The Luxembourgish ‘premier’ has also called it “unacceptable” that Christmas markets are robbed and that “peaceful citizens, including many families with children and the elderly” are subjected to “harassment”.
“Nor will journalists be intimidated,” he added, before noting that he speaks of “the basis” of the constitutional state. “We cannot allow this base to begin to crumble,” he added, according to the daily ‘Luxemburger Wort’.
In this context, and with the aim of avoiding disturbances in the future, Bettel has announced that the authorities will delimit an area for the demonstrations next Saturday. “Whoever gathers outside this perimeter to demonstrate will be considered illegal,” he warned, before advising that the Government “will not be intimidated.”
In the same way, he has appealed to the peaceful protesters and asked them not to allow themselves to be “exploited” by “violent inciters”. “Do not participate in demonstrations for hatred and violence,” he said.
In addition, Bettel has taken a position against the deniers and has indicated that “science does not share their opinion.” “COVID-19 exists and it is not only the flu. These facts cannot be discussed,” he stressed, although he did not mention the anti-vaccines or the deniers directly.
According to the Luxembourg Police, last Saturday some 2,000 protesters gathered in Luxembourg City, the capital, to show their dissatisfaction with the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some protesters came to approach the country’s Chamber of Deputies and Bettel’s own residence.