Over 40,000 Opponents of the nationwide lockdown in force in Austria from November 22 and the announced vaccination obligation marched on Saturday through the streets of Vienna, the police informed.
Demonstrators demonstrated their opposition to the government’s strategy to combat the Covid-19 pandemic by carrying banners with slogans of holding new elections in the country. “I am here to express my opposition to compulsory vaccination. I want to respect human rights, violations of which in Austria must be stopped,” said one protestor.
According to the police, about 1.5 thousand people participated in the counter-demonstration. people.
About 1,200 security officials were sent to secure protests in the Austrian capital to remind participants of the march to wear masks and issue tickets to those who ignored the obligation. Pepper spray was used against people who were throwing fireworks at the policemen.
Due to the increase in the incidence of Covid-19, the Austrian authorities restored the lockdown in the country on November 22 and announced a vaccination order scheduled for February. The Austrian Parliament decided this week to extend the lockdown, which will last a total of 20 days. The government has acknowledged that this is the end of the blockade.
In Austria, 1.2 million cases of coronavirus infections have been recorded since the start of the pandemic, of which 12,000 ended in death. Since the lockdown was introduced, the average daily number of infections has started to decline, Reuters reported.
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