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Anti-lockdown protesters conflict with police in Vienna (VIDEO)

Anti-lockdown protesters clash with police in Vienna (VIDEO)

Seven folks have been detained in Austria’s capital, Vienna, after opponents of strict Covid-19 restrictions broke by means of police obstacles and clashed with the officers. The nation is because of make vaccination obligatory in February.

As much as 2,000 folks gathered for an indication in Vienna on Saturday. They chanted “Freedom” as they marched, with some carrying indicators that mentioned, “Persons are locking up folks, not the virus.”

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Various protesters bypassed police barricades by taking detours, whereas a number of teams broke by means of them. Officers have been filmed utilizing steel obstacles to push folks from the streets. At one level, police dispersed a gathering of between 150 and 200 protesters, confiscating flags, drums, and loudspeakers.  

Seven folks have been arrested, Austrian media reported, citing police. Greater than 100 extra prices have been introduced for violating the regulation on public meeting. An officer was barely injured. 

Related rallies have been held in Klagenfurt, Innsbruck, and Leibnitz. Austria relaxed its most up-to-date lockdown final week, however just for vaccinated residents. A common nationwide vaccine mandate is because of take impact ranging from February 1, 2022. 

The federal government prolonged the lockdown for unvaccinated folks for one more 10 days on Friday, however agreed to briefly ease some restrictions on non-public gatherings throughout Christmas and New 12 months’s Eve.