Opponents of obligatory vaccination and different strict Covid measures held a candlelight vigil in Austria’s capital, Vienna on Sunday after the authorities as soon as once more prolonged the lockdown for the unvaccinated.
Protesters marched by means of central Vienna with candles and lights, carrying indicators that learn, “When injustice turns into a proper, resistance turns into an obligation,” and “Avoid our youngsters.”
Between 2,000 and 4,000 individuals attended the gathering, in response to Austrian media.
The ‘Sea of Lights’ rally was held in response to an indication of the identical title in Vienna on December 19, when round 40,000 individuals gathered to honor the victims of the pandemic. Final week’s rally was organized on social media by supporters of vaccination, Heute newspaper mentioned.
Total, 18 protests in opposition to obligatory vaccination and different strict Covid measures have been held throughout Austria on Sunday. The following main protest is predicted on January 8.
Austria is the primary EU nation to introduce a normal vaccination mandate, which can take impact on February 1, 2022. To start with of final week, the parliament prolonged lockdown restrictions for the unvaccinated for an additional 10 days.
“Omicron might be simply across the nook and can set off a powerful fifth wave,” President Alexander Van der Bellen tweeted on the time, urging the general public to obtain a 3rd dose of the vaccine.
Well being Minister Wolfgang Muckstein additionally beneficial receiving a booster shot. Austria can not cease the Omicron variant, however “can acquire time to organize in the very best manner,” he informed Austrian media.