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WATCH: Thousands protest in Vienna against Covid-19 lockdown

Thousands of protesters have gathered in the streets of Vienna to demonstrate against a planned nationwide lockdown in Austria.

Many shops will close and events cancelled from Monday as the country enters a lockdown that will be reviewed after ten days.

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People will only be allowed to leave their houses for essential reasons such as shopping, exercising or going to a doctor.

The Austrian Government also announced that vaccinations will be mandatory in the country from February 1st.

Approximately 1,300 police officers were deployed to the deal with the thousands of protesters who gathered in Heldenplatz.

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Protesters moved down towards the city’s ring road blowing whistles and chanting “Resistance!” In relation to the vaccine mandate, one protester held a sign reading, “My Body, My Choice”.

Freedom Party leader Herbert Kickl denounced what he described as “totalitarian” measures from a Government “that believes it should think and decide for us”.

Austria has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Europe at just under 66%, below the EU average of 67%.

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Challenberg issued an apology to vaccinated people on Friday, saying that it was not fair that they had to suffer the renewed lockdown restricions when they did everything to help contain the virus.

IMAGE – “AM Alexander Schallenberg Trauerfeier IA” (CC BY 2.0) by Österreichisches Außenministerium/Aaron Ginn (via Twitter)

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