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1000’s march towards vaccine mandate (VIDEOS)

Thousands march against vaccine mandate (VIDEOS)


Round 20,000 demonstrators have poured into the streets of Vienna, protesting the Austrian authorities’s plans to make Covid vaccination necessary early subsequent yr.

Teams opposing the nationwide Covid-19 vaccine mandate, which is because of be launched in February 2022, marketed the occasion as a “mega-demo for freedom and towards chaos and coercion.”

Vienna police have deployed 1,400 officers, together with reinforcements from different areas, to stop main disturbances and make sure that individuals are sporting masks.

Demonstrators marched with indicators that includes slogans resembling ‘No to obligatory vaccination’ and ‘Palms off our kids’. Others known as on the federal government to step down.

Austria’s right-wing Freedom Occasion is among the many teams behind the largest anti-mandate protest being held on Saturday. Activists notified the authorities in Vienna this week in regards to the 32 deliberate rallies, although not all of them are anti-mandate protests. A complete of eight demonstrations had been prohibited for numerous causes.

Forward of Saturday’s rally, the chief of Austria’s Freedom Occasion, Herbert Kickl, known as on demonstrators to behave peacefully. An identical rally attracted greater than 40,000 folks final week.

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Police clashes with protesters during a demonstration against measures taken to curb the Covid-19 corona pandemic in Vienna, on December 4, 2021. © AFP / 
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Final month, then-Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg introduced that each one Austrians, besides these with medical exemptions and kids underneath 14, should be vaccinated by February 1. He has since resigned, however his successor, Karl Nehammer, has stated the coverage will stay in place.

The conservative authorities introduced on Thursday that these refusing to be vaccinated will face a €3,600 effective ($4,071) each three months till January 2024. If accredited by parliament, which is probably going, Austria would be the first EU member state to place in place a sweeping vaccine mandate.

Round 68% of Austrians have already been totally vaccinated towards Covid – a charge notably decrease than in most Western European nations. Austria has been struggling to include an enormous Covid outbreak since November, with docs warning that the healthcare system is strained to the max in some areas. 

Round 68% of Austrians have already been totally vaccinated towards Covid – a charge notably decrease than in most Western European nations. Austria has been struggling to include an enormous Covid outbreak since November, with docs warning that the healthcare system is strained to the max in some areas.