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The incident took place on Sunday, July 25, at 1:30 p.m. It became public after a video of the confrontation appeared on Twitter. The video shows a tussle between employees of the vaccination site in Grodzisk Mazowiecki and a group of aggressive people trying to invade the site. The attackers wore high-visibility vests with the logo of the 'Polish Yellow Vests'. Security guards tried to stop them from entering the site.
Anti-vaxxers storm a vaccination site in central Poland
At one point during the tussle, when a woman trying to enter the vaccination site was pushed away, one of the attackers rushed at the security guard, accusing him of beating the woman. The anti-vaccine activists began insulting the security guards, calling them "dirtbags" and "losers." They also shouted anti-vaccine slogans.
Another recording shows one of the security guards with a bloody nose.
In an interview with the news portal Onet, Officer Katarzyna Zych confirmed that such an incident took place. She also said that local police intervened and received backup from the municipal police. Ms Zych told TVN24 that the people who stormed the site did not want to be vaccinated, but at the same wanted to prevent others from doing so.
Two people suffered minor injuries. The anti-vaxxers were forcibly removed from the site by the police. The group of protesters dispersed around 4:00 p.m. Two of them were detained on suspicion of committing various crimes, including the insulting of a police officer and violating the bodily integrity of the site’s staff members– Officer Zych explained.
Minister of Health: such behavior must be firmly condemned
Adam Niedzielski, Poland’s Minister of Health, condemned the attackers on Twitter.
"Freedom on their banners, mouths full of obscenities, and fists aimed at other human beings. Is this how the anti-vaccine movement looks like today? Such behavior cannot be argued with. It needs to be firmly condemned. Thank you @PolskaPolicja for your intervention"- the Minister wrote.
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