VIENNA (Reuters) – Thousands of people took to the streets of Austria’s capital on Saturday to protest against government plans to introduce mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for all next month.
“The government must go!” crowds chanted at one rally in central Vienna in what has become a routine Saturday event. Parliament is scheduled to vote next week on the issue
this week after the government announced back in November that it would mandate vaccination for all residents, Reuters reported. Austria would be the first country in the European Union to impose such a mandate, if it passes.
“The government must go!” the protesters chanted in Vienna.
Saturday protests against COVID-19 restrictions have recently become common practice in Vienna.
The government is deliberating imposing the mandate as COVID-19 cases spike in the country, according to Reuters.