Austria: Protest against lockdown and compulsory vaccination

Status: November 20, 2021 2:42 pm

On Monday, all of Austria will go into lockdown. Chancellor Schallenberg apologized for the drastic measure – but this will not appease his critics. Thousands of people are protesting against the new corona rules in Vienna.

In Austria, several thousand people protested against the planned corona measures. According to police estimates, around 7,000 people came to a rally in Vienna.

The participants criticized the lockdown that began on Monday and the mandatory corona vaccination that will apply from 2022 as compulsory measures. “Freedom” was chanted over and over again. Many demonstrators did not wear FFP2 masks and thus violated the requirements.

Thousands are protesting against the lockdown that will apply from Monday.


“So far no notable incidents”

The police, who were on duty with 1,300 officers, largely held back. “There have been no significant incidents so far,” said a police spokesman in the afternoon. But the situation is dynamic. The authorities assume that the influx will increase. The Ministry of the Interior fears the participation of right-wing extremists and hooligans.

The right-wing populist FPÖ has called for the largest protest event. The government expects up to 15,000 participants, the FPÖ expects 100,000.

Lockdown from Monday

In view of the sharp increase in corona infections in Austria, the government announced drastic measures on Friday: A new nationwide lockdown will come into force on Monday, which will also apply to vaccinated people and should last up to 20 days.

In addition, a mandatory vaccination will be introduced, everyone must be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by February 1st. Austria is the first country in Europe to take such tough measures in the face of the latest corona wave.

Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen warned on Friday of a split in society. “There is a great risk that the trenches will now become even deeper. But we must not allow that,” he said in a televised address.

“Unreasonable” for vaccinated people

Federal Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg apologized in ORF with the vaccinated for the lockdown: “I’m sorry to take this drastic step,” he said, referring to those “who did everything right, who vaccinated themselves, who wear the mask, who keep their distance and who have gone for a refresher “. That was an “imposition”, said Schallenberg.

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