Protests erupt in Vienna against anti-covid measures
Over 40,000 people protested in Vienna, Austria for the third weekend in a row against anicovid measures. Austria has become the first country in Europe to restore its isolation measure for three weeks, following an increase in infections. The Austrian government is the first in the European Union to make vaccination against COVID-19 mandatory, a measure which is expected to enter into force in February 2022.
Tens of thousands of people have also protested in several other European countries, opposing the restrictions imposed after the increase in cases of COVID-19.
Protests against anti-COVID measures have been held in several German cities as the state faces the worst wave of pandemics.
Germany imposed severe restrictions on unvaccinated persons, barring them from attending many public events. The largest protest was held in Hamburg, where about 5,000 protesters opposed the measures. There were also protests in Frankfurt, Berlin and other German cities.
Even in Utrecht, the Netherlands, hundreds of people opposed the measures that came into force last weekend.
The Dutch government has reinstated partial isolation for three weeks and has tightened other measures. With the measures in force, all bars, restaurants and most shops must be closed by 17:00.
Two weeks ago in the Netherlands there were violent protests after the Government presented plans to ban the unvaccinated from entering bars, restaurants and other public places. These plans were also opposed in Parliament and have not yet been implemented.
The fourth wave of the pandemic in Europe comes as the new variant, Omicron, which has been described as troubling, is forcing governments around the world to impose travel restrictions.
Scientists say it is still too early to determine if this variant is more contagious, causes more serious disease or if vaccines have no effect on it.
Health officials in the European Union have said Omicroni is likely to trigger more than half of new cases in Europe in the coming months.