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Massive protests against imprisonment and compulsory vaccination in Vienna

U.S.A.Massive protests against imprisonment and compulsory vaccination in Vienna

Protesters gather to protest against COVID-19 measures in Vienna, Austria (REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger)

tens Thousands of people – some 40,000 according to police – without masks and maintaining safety distances, protested against confinement in Vienna this Saturday. Against normal and compulsory vaccination from Monday in Austria.

performance was called by The far-right party FPÖ—which estimated it would include 100,000 people—though its leader, Herbert Kickl, did not attend as he was in quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus.

“Endurance”, “corona-fake”, “Freedom” hey “Down with the Crown Dictatorship” There were some slogans from a crowd gathered from different parts of the city in the historic center of Vienna, near the seat of government.

Protesters march on the streets Austrian flags, messages denying the existence of the disease and against vaccination And, in general, rating Dictatorship restrictions against coronavirus.

A protester is detained during a protest on November 20, 2021 in Vienna, Austria (Reuters/Leonhard Foeger)
A protester is detained during a protest on November 20, 2021 in Vienna, Austria (Reuters/Leonhard Foeger)

yellow stars

Although the protest began peacefully, Police informed efe At least five arrests in separate incidents like throwing bottles and other items at officers. There have also been complaints about the use of Nazi Symbology, which is a crime in Austria.

The reasons for these complaints – according to the newspaper Standard– Was Stars of David were used by some protesters with the words “not vaccinated”.

The yellow star was the symbol used by the Nazis Marking the Jews and its use by some pandemic denials has included comparing measures against Covid to the Holocaust.

Protesters with posters and flags during anti-coronavirus measures in Austria, Vienna (REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger)
Protesters with posters and flags during anti-coronavirus measures in Austria, Vienna (REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger)

also told of a person Banner comparing current Christian Democrat chancellor Alexander Schellenberg, Kon Joseph MengeleNazi doctor conducting experiments on prisoners of Auschwitz death camp.

the government of Conservatives and environmentalists led by Schalenberg yesterday announced a 20-day lockdown starting Monday. The move comes as the infection rate in Austria is among the highest on the continent, which has more thousand cases per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days.

Furthermore, in order to break out of the “vicious circle of imprisonment”, the executive wants february 2022 kovid vaccine is mandatory for all resident in the country where The vaccination rate is 65.7%.

Police deployed a large device with some 1,300 agents, Those overseeing the mandatory use of masks and random checking of COVID certificates – those who have been vaccinated or passed the disease – as Austria has imposed a confinement for unvaccinated people since last Monday.

Thousands protest in Vienna against measures to contain the new wave of the coronavirus (REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger)
Thousands protest in Vienna against measures to contain the new wave of the coronavirus (REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger)

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The far-right party FPÖ promoted the protest from social networks, where Kickl, a former interior minister who has argued that the coronavirus could be treated with an animal anthelmintic, ibuprofen and vitamin C.protest encouraged Defend “freedom” and avoid “dictatorship”.

FPO, the third parliamentary formation in Austria a . with 20% of those intending to vote have been fundamentally against vaccines and restrictions to prevent infection.

Ultra Formation’s Secretary General Michael Schnedelitz assured thousands of dedicated supporters today that He was neither vaccinated nor forcibly immunized.

“I’ll tell youe I have not been vaccinated and will not be forcibly vaccinated. It’s my body and it’s my decision”He gave assurances in an intervention in which he criticized the government, as he said, for silencing them and subjugating them as if they were “subjects”.

Tomorrow the head of the government joined The FPÖ described its situation as “irresponsible” and an “attack against public health” with low levels of vaccination in the country.

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schalenberg and Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein (Reuters/Leonhard Foeger)
Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schalenberg and Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein (Reuters/Leonhard Foeger)

Although the presence of far-right figures and FPÖ sympathizers was evident, The rally attracted a wide variety of people, from conspiracy theorists to those who disbelieve in the overwhelming power of the state.MILF going through groups Evangelical Christian.

“Imprisonment without vaccination seems to me a mistake, I do not believe that Fundamental Rights should be enforced on the basis of whether there is any medicine in one’s body or not,” he explained. efe A university student who wore a peace symbol.

Two other young women held a poster that read: “It’s better to perform with FPÖ than to be silent with the Left” And he called sanctions a path to dictatorship.

call for consent

The growing division in the society due to measures against coronavirus is such that Austrian President Alexander Van der Belen appealed for harmony and unity in a televised speech last night about the new imprisonment.

El Presidente d'Austria Alexander van der Bellen (Reuters/Leonhard Foeger)
El Presidente d’Austria Alexander van der Bellen (Reuters/Leonhard Foeger)

“Reciprocal allegations do not solve anything anymore. No. Nothing can be solved by pointing a finger at another and directing our anger.”Van der Bellen told the Austrians and encouraged them to overcome the divisions that have divided families and friends.

With information from EFE

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