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Protesters march through the Czech capital Prague on Monday to try to ease government restrictions on uninfected people as new infections in the European Union nation.

The protesters, who numbered in the hundreds, chanted “Azadi!” demanded. Rejected and rejected government pressure for people to get their vaccine shots.

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They carried posters with pictures of politicians – including Prime Minister Lady Babis, Health Minister Adam Wojtek and prominent epidemiologists – calling them traitors. Unlike recent rallies in the Netherlands and Brussels, this protest was peaceful. The crowd was much smaller than at a similar performance last week.

Demonstrators gather to protest against government restriction measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Prague, Czech Republic, on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.  (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

The new restrictions to tackle the Czech Republic’s surge in infections went into effect on Monday and targeted the illiterate. Non-vaccinated people are no longer allowed to show negative coronavirus tests to attend public events, go to bars and restaurants, visit barbers and museums, or use hotels. People who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 can visit all those sites.

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The measures were approved in an effort to raise the country’s vaccination rate to 58.1%, which is lower than the EU average of 65.5%.

Demonstrators gather to protest against government restriction measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Prague, Czech Republic, on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.  (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Coronavirus infections are increasing rapidly in the Czech Republic, setting a new record twice last week. The health ministry said on Monday that the infection rate had crossed 1,002 new cases per 100,000 residents for the first time in seven days.

Overall, the country of 10.7 million has registered over 2 million cases with 32,173 deaths.