Several thousand people gathered on Saturday at noon in Vienna, in the Prater park, to demonstrate against the restrictions imposed under the pretext of the coronavirus pandemic, informs DPA.
If the organizers expected a presence of 3,000 people, the “responsible” press announced the presence of “several hundred” protesters. Other similar protests took place in Stockholm and Paris.
Protesters in Vienna carried national flags and various banners, some of them displaying messages demanding the resignation of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, according to the Austrian news agency APA.
The demonstration entitled “Democracy, Fundamental Rights and Freedom” was partially supported by the opposition, with the right-wing party FPO (Freedom Party) promoting the idea.
Former Freedom Party Home Secretary Herbert Kickl spoke to the crowd, accusing the current government of pursuing a “crazy and bizarre” policy. Other representatives of the protest movement also spoke.
People’s grievances include the closure of restaurants and cafes, as well as the mandatory testing of students who returned to school in February, when the most recent lockdown in Austria expired.
There was also a left-wing counter-demonstration, in which several hundred people gathered for a bicycle march, while other announced demonstrations did not receive permission.
The filming of the day is taken from the Facebook page Metropole – Vienna in English.
The newspaper “Niederoesterreichische Nachrichten“, as well as the ORF and the APA news agency reported that the two women are nurses at the clinic in Zwettl.
“As a precaution, the remaining stocks of that vaccine lot are no longer used,” the health authorities added.
AstraZeneca did not comment on the two “incidents”.