Thousands protest new Turkish vaccine and test rules By Reuters

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© Reuters. A woman holds a placard reading “Freedom is not free. We are ready to pay for it” during a protest against official coronavirus-related mandates including vaccinations, tests and masks, in Istanbul, Turkey September 11, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

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By Dilara Senkaya

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – More than 2,000 Turks demonstrated in Istanbul on Saturday against official coronavirus-related mandates including vaccinations, tests and masks, responding to new government measures and an inoculation push.

In Turkey’s largest such protest, mostly maskless people shouted slogans, held placards and Turkish flags, and sang songs in defence of what they called individual rights, echoing anti-vaccine rallies in some other countries.

“This pandemic is just going on with even more restrictions on our freedoms and there’s no end to it,” said Erdem Boz, 40, a software developer….

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