Austria: new large-scale mobilization against compulsory vaccination

Austria: further mobilization against compulsory vaccination

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Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered on Saturday in the center of Vienna after already several weekends of protest in the country, to denounce the compulsory vaccination against COVID-19 and the confinement of those who refuse any injection. & nbsp;

Around 44,000 people were present, according to estimates communicated by the police.

A total of 24 separate rallies were planned in the Austrian capital, with the far-right FPÖ party organizing in particular a “mega-demonstration” for two not from the Hofburg Palace.

Its leader Herbert Kickl has vowed to continue with actions until “the government is in trouble”.

“A shame for our country”, “I am neither a neo-Nazi nor a hooligan, I fight for freedom and against the vaccine”, “No to vaccine fascism”, could one read on the signs held up by the crowd./p>

A week ago, more than 40,000 people had already marched in Vienna and as many on November 20, just after the announcement of a compulsory vaccination project, unique to this day in the EU, to fight the pandemic.

This week, the government unveiled the details: the law will apply from February 2022 to all Austrian residents aged 14 and over (unless exempted for health reasons).

Vaccination does not cannot be imposed by force, specifies the text, but the refusal of a person to comply will have legal consequences, with an initial fine of 600 euros which can go up to 3,600 euros in the event of non-payment. . & nbsp;

Moreover, if the confinement of the vaccinated ends on Sunday, the unvaccinated remain banned from leaving.

Why “exclude those who are not vaccinated and in especially children? I find it incredible discrimination not to be able to send a kid to dance, to tennis or even to the swimming pool, ”Manuela, 47, from Lower Austria and herself, told AFP. vaccinated twice ”. “It makes me really sad.”

“We can have different opinions and values, but live together freely,” says Analea, a 44-year-old violin teacher. “This is not the direction a democratic society should take.”

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