Toulouse: why can’t we remove the controversial antivax poster at Les Minimes?

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Raised in front of one of the busiest axes of the city, a poster which advertises for an antivax group bothers the inhabitants of the Toulouse district of Minimes. And the town hall and the various authorities cannot remove it.

Malaise in the Minimes district. In front of the billboard, passers-by do not remain indifferent. At the boulevard de l’embouchure in Toulouse, the poster has its effect. ” Covid vaccination: 1 serious side effect in 100 and if it was your child?*appears black on white and every day countless vehicles pass by.

Faced with this shocking message, the goal is to promote the crowd bunker broadcasting platform and the controversial Independent Scientific Council. This movement has caused ink to flow in the midst of a health crisis through its opposition to vaccines and its “covid skeptical” positions. Their speeches were relayed in particular by alternative and antivax media such as France Soir or Reinfocovid.

Why hasn’t the poster been removed?

At Les Minimes, this message embarrasses an entire neighborhood. It must be said that the advertisement is planted in the middle of one of the busiest roads in the city. “It’s as big as the nose in the middle of the face. What will people who come to Les Minimes think? “, describes a local resident who lives a few meters further. Same observation for this resident who came to take her dogs out: “We cannot let people publish this kind of remark. It denigrates the work of many caregivers.”

The billboard will remain planted there. Installed in a private space, and even if it is visible from the public highway, the town hall of Toulouse has no jurisdiction in the matter. “It’s not because we don’t like it that we can remove it”, explain the Capitol’s communication teams. For a private advertising space, the town hall can order the removal only if the poster constitutes a disturbance to public order. “It is sure that it poses a problem in terms of content”, continue the communication services of the municipality.

*The title on the panel “Covid vaccination: 1 serious side effect in 100 and if it was your child? refers to a survey not entirely clear. Even though the source is from a European database of adverse drug reaction reports, several conditions are to be specified in this study. “The information on this website relates to suspected side effects, i.e. medical events that have been observed following the administration of COVID-19 vaccines, but are not necessarily related to or caused by the vaccine. . These events may have been caused by another disease or be associated with another drug being taken by the patient at the same time. EMA’s scientific assessment takes into account many other factors, such as the patient’s medical history, the frequency of the suspected adverse reaction in the vaccinated population compared to the frequency in the general population and whether it is biologically plausible that the vaccine could have caused an event there, ”specifies the investigative body.

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