Thousands march in Vienna against coronavirus lockdown | WSAU News / Talk 550 AM · 99.9 FM

VIENNA (Reuters) – Thousands of people marched through Vienna on Saturday to protest restrictions on public life designed to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

Faced with a daily increase in infections, last month the government made Austria the first country in Western Europe to re-impose the ban and said it would make vaccinations mandatory from February.

People carried placards saying: “I will decide for myself”, “Make Austria great again” and “New elections” – a nod to the political turmoil witnessed. ​three prime ministers in two months – when crowds gather.

About 1,200 police officers deployed to handle the scattered protests were said to have merged into a march on the Ring Avenue in central Vienna. Police said they would remind marchers to wear masks and charge those who did not wear masks.

A parliamentary committee this week approved doubling the lockdown period to 20 days, which the government says is the longest it will last.

Austria, a country of 8.9 million people, has reported almost 1.2 million coronavirus infections and more than 12,000 COVID-19 related deaths since since the pandemic began last year.

New cases have fallen since the strike – the exception to protests – began.

(Reporting by Francois Murphy and Lisi Niesner; Writing by Michael Shields; Editing by Alex Richardson) Thousands march in Vienna against coronavirus lockdown | WSAU News / Talk 550 AM · 99.9 FM

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