Disinfo: People who refuse the coronavirus vaccine may have to be isolated, Merkel said

Summary

The introduction of “Covid passports” which register the tests that you did is a way of making a selection among people. This may also turn vaccination from voluntary to mandatory, and we heard Angela Merkel saying that if some people refuse to get vaccinated maybe it will be necessary to adopt measures or to isolate them socially, which is something very serious.

Disproof

This is part of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign about the Covid-19 and vaccination.

The claim is deliberately misleading. The actual words of Chancellor Angela Merkel were:

If some people don’t want to be vaccinated, then perhaps we will have to make a distinction, then perhaps they won’t be able to do certain things”,

which is very different from saying that they will be “socially isolated”. German authorities have always maintained that, since Covid-19 vaccination is not mandatory in Germany, there won’t be any discrimination between those already vaccinated and those who are not. In November 2020, Merkel affirmed: “Nobody will be forced to be vaccinated, it is a voluntary decision”. So far, there are no plans to make the Covid-19 vaccine compulsory in any EU country.

See other examples in our database, such as claims that globalists use the pandemic and the Pfizer vaccine to reduce the world’s population, that the Covid-19 pandemic has triggered the process of the EU’s disintegration, that Covid-19 will allow total control of the population through forced vaccination and chips, that WHO received orders from “above” to declare a coronavirus pandemic, that Covid-19 vaccines will lead to full spectrum dominance by the Deep Dark State, or that by promoting Covid-19, the West aims to achieve the Great Reset.

This disinformation message appeared in the same TV programme as the claim that “After the Covid-19 pandemic, Bill Gates and big tech and pharma profit from stronger population control and the forging of a New World Order”

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  • Reported in: Issue 236
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Spanish, Castilian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Germany
  • Keywords: vaccination, coronavirus, Human rights
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Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation targeting former Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and painting her as a Nazi sympathiser because of her grandfather’s presumed activities.

Freeland has been a constant target for Russian disinformation. She is banned from travelling to Russia, as part of the tit-for-tat game of escalating sanctions that the Russians played in the wake of Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. Freeland is obviously singled out for attention as leading voice in the Canadian government concerning Russia’s actions there.

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And in 2014, former Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych, delayed signing the Association Agreement with the European Union, in an attempt to bargain for compensation for agreeing to open the Ukrainian market to European goods, thus destroying Ukrainian industry.

However, instead of compensation, he obtained a complete coup d'état, prepared in advance from abroad, and carried out by Nazi militants. From this moment the Nazis became the leading political force in Ukraine, and the country's transition to a Nazi dictatorship began.

Immediately after the 2014 coup, the new regime abolished the law allowing the use of the Russian language in its speaking regions. Immediately, there was an uprising in southern and eastern Ukraine, and civil war broke out. In most regions, the army and Nazi forces were able to suppress the demonstrations, with the exception of Donetsk and Lugansk, which were able to provide armed resistance and are now unrecognized republics.

Disproof

This disinformation message contains multiple pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives casting Ukraine as a Nazi-sympathizing country. This narrative groundlessly equates present-time Ukraine with Nazi Germany, and misrepresents the current status of the Russian language in the country, while portraying popular Euromaidan protests as a coup.

Linking some countries with Nazism is a widespread disinformation tactic used by pro-Kremlin outlets. Read more in our analysis "Nazi east, Nazi west, Nazi over the cuckoo's nest". The myth about Nazi-ruled Ukraine has been the cornerstone of pro-Kremlin disinformation about the country since the very beginning of the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests, which disinformation outlets try to portray as a coup d’état.

Accession of Crimea to Russia has taken place in strict accordance with international law

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea, claiming that Crimea voted to rejoin Russia through a legal referendum and that Euromaidan was a coup d’etat.

It was not a "legal accession", but an illegal annexation of the Ukrainian territory. No international body recognises the so-called referendum in Crimea. The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution entitled “Territorial integrity of Ukraine”, stating that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. On 17 December 2018, the UN General Assembly confirmed its non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea.