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Tens of thousands of furious demonstrators marched through the streets of Austria’s capital, Vienna, protesting against Covid-19 restrictions and the nationwide vaccination mandate.
Over 100,000 protesters against the Austrian regime’s so-called coronavirus policies took to the streets of Vienna on Saturday. Police reinforcements were brought to the capital from other regions in anticipation of potential unrest, with a total of 27 rallies planned for Saturday, the majority of them against the fake-vaccination mandate.
Other marches, rallies and demonstrations are breaking out across Europe. Most are going unreported in Western media. Increasingly, the people are turning to the Russian media for news of what is happening in the European Union.
Clashes broke out between the demonstrators and police, resulting in arrests. Police reported that anti-mandate protesters hurled flares at officers, and that pepper spray was deployed. Multiple protesters were also reportedly fined for not wearing face masks.
One popular slogan seen and heard during Saturday’s demonstrations equated mandatory vaccinations to ’genocide’ and the government to a ’dictatorship’ for implementing the policy.
The protesters disparaged the government’s push to make Covid vaccination mandatory for all citizens come February, a decision made on November 19 by former chancellor Alexander Schallenberg, who has since announced his resignation. His successor, Karl Nehammer, is expected to reaffirm the policy. In late November in Soviet-style, then minister of interior Nehammer blamed ’extremists’ for fomenting anti-vaccination sentiment.
At least one counter-demonstration was held in central Vienna on Saturday. Some 500 pro-regime left-wing activists turned out for the protest, marching under slogans such as: ’Put on masks! Against Nazis, the state and capital!’ while accusing the rival rally of being an assortment of right-wing extremists, anti-vaxxers and Covid-deniers.
A wave of similar demonstrations against the vaccination mandate has taken place across Austria in recent weeks. Some of the rallies drew tens of thousands of people.
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