Tens of thousands, close at hand Police say 30,000, showed opposition in Vienna this Saturday Mandatory anti-coronavirus vaccine And against the conservative ecologist government’s management of the pandemic.
Convened by the far-right opposition party FPÖ and its controversial leader, Herbert KickerAfterwards, protesters moved along the central ring road, chanting slogans such as “peace, freedom and sovereignty”, and about a thousand police officers stood guard.
The march through central Vienna joined a long string of protests organised in recent weeks in a festive atmosphere, although most protesters did not practice social distancing or wear the mandatory FFP2 masks.
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Also, a photo of a banner with a photo Adolf Hitler And the “vaccinate sets you free” message, a clear reference to the “work sets you free” motto used by the Nazis in the concentration camps.
Prominent and convicted right-wing extremists and neo-Nazis also regularly participate in anti-coronavirus demonstrations in Austria.
Kickl, he’s not far from those circles, recently compared Discrimination against Jews during the Nazi era With the introduction of anti-coronavirus measures, the political environment has been against the management of the epidemic, especially against mandatory vaccines, for months.
A coalition of Austrian governments, backed by the Social Democrats and the liberal opposition, plans to approve a law regulating mandatory coronavirus vaccines in parliament in the next few days, which will come into force on February 1.
Unvaccinated people will have to pay Fines of up to 3,600 euros by year.
The executive, led by Christian Democrat Karl Nehammer, has pledged that he was forced to take the extreme measure because of low vaccination rates in Austria, where only 70% of the population is vaccinated on time.
Given the strong and rapid expansion of the new omicron variant, some opposition Social Democrat and Liberal politicians, as well as representatives of the ruling Green Party, the environmental party, have called for a delay in the introduction of the mandatory vaccine for several months.
7-day infection rate in Austria 1,135 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, double what it was a week ago, although the pressure on hospitals has dropped.