Opponents of compulsory vaccination and other strict Covid measures held a candlelight vigil in Austria’s capital, Vienna on Sunday after the authorities once again extended the lockdown for the unvaccinated.
In central Vienna, demonstrators marched with candles, lights and signs that stated, “When injustice becomes a right, resistance becomes a duty,” and “Stay away from our children.”
Austrian media reported that the gathering attracted around 2,000 to 4,000 people.
The ‘Sea of Lights’ rally was held in response to a demonstration of the same name in Vienna on December 19, when around 40,000 people gathered to honor the victims of the pandemic. Last week’s rally was organized on social media by supporters of vaccination, Heute newspaper said.
On Sunday, Austria saw 18 demonstrations in support of compulsory vaccinations and other Covid strict measures. On January 8, the next big protest will be held.
Austria will be the first EU nation to establish a mandatory general vaccine. This mandate will become effective on February 1, 2022. The parliament increased the lockdown period for unvaccinated persons for an additional 10 days at the start of the last week.
“Omicron is probably just around the corner and will trigger a strong fifth wave,”Alexander Van der Bellen sent a tweet at the same time, encouraging the public to get a third shot of the vaccine.
Wolfgang Muckstein (Health Minister) also suggested that booster shots should be taken. Austria is unable to stop Omicron’s variant. “can gain time to prepare in the best possible way,”Austrian media reported his statement.
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