In the old town of Salzburg, 200 to 300 demonstrators gathered in front of the Chiemseehof, the seat of the state parliament and the governor, on Wednesday afternoon.
If the entrance portals were initially still closed, the masses first streamed through a second entrance into the inner courtyard, and later the gates were generally opened. The crowd chanted slogans like “freedom” and “democracy”. The mood was partly heated, hardly anyone paused to wear a mask. The rally was of course nothing more than a symbolic act: MPs and members of the government were not even there. Today’s budget deliberations of the state parliament took place in the exhibition center.
Protest in the other federal states
In Upper Austria By 12.30 p.m., several dozen people had already met on the main square in Linz. They carried banners with “Teachers against compulsory vaccination” and “If lies had really short legs, it would be mostly midgets in the federal government (sic!)”. Around 1 p.m., the convoy, in which many young people and children, including babies in prams, locked themselves in, started towards the country house, where, according to the police, around 1,000 people gathered in the early afternoon. “There seems to be a kind of star march here,” said the executive. “Resistance” choirs resounded across the square, representatives of the liberal police union AUF waved “No to compulsory vaccination” signs and several participants had red roses with them, which they laid at the feet of the police. The entrance to the country house had been closed on both sides with wooden gates.
In Tyrol According to estimates by the police chief, around 1,500 people demonstrated in front of the Innsbruck country house on Wednesday afternoon. The demonstration started at 1 p.m. and was scheduled to run until 6 p.m. It is a “permanent demo,” said the APA’s head of operations. Policemen positioned themselves by the entrance to the country house. The participants chanted slogans, especially shouting for “freedom”. Whistles and bells did the rest, the noise level was high. The majority of the demonstrators did not wear a mask. Tyrol flags were waved.
Between 300 and 400 people have lunch in Graz Demonstrated in the courtyard of the country house – the seat of the state parliament and parts of the state government – against the Covid protection measures. Some were not let into the narrow space by the police, others died loudly staged in front of the Christmas backdrop of the ice crib. The protesters held signs saying “Vaccination … not quite tight”? , “Strikes instead of spikes”, “Hands off our children” and, depending on the season, “Advent, Advent, the rule of law is burning”. Some manifestants wore aluminum hats, and sometimes the crowded people wore masks.
Several hundred people have been in front of the Carinthian provincial government Arrived at Arnulfplatz for a demonstration against the corona measures and compulsory vaccination. There the Carinthian flags were waved and a “second Carinthian referendum” against the Corona measures was called. In the afternoon, the demonstrators moved on unannounced in front of the ORF state studio, which had recently been secured by police officers and with barriers. There were no attacks.
In Bregenz According to an estimate by police spokesman Rain Fitz, there were around 600 to 700 demonstrators in front of the country house and the first listened to the numerous speakers. The mood is peaceful. More masks would be worn than in previous demos. The police have already carried out appropriate checks, and penalties are also imposed on non-mask wearers, according to Fitz.
Also in Eisenstadt Opponents of the government measures met in front of the country house, around 120 according to the police. Among other things, they carried black flags with the inscription “Freedom” or yellow-black flags with “Corona troublemaker” written on them. The rally started around 1 p.m. and everyone could speak. A woman, for example, assured over the megaphone that she would not be vaccinated against Covid-19 despite the obligation to vaccinate. But this will not come anyway, emphasized another participant. Police officers asked demonstrators without a mask to wear one. Those who refuse to die face a threat to report to the health authorities.
Small business owners also follow the “strike call”
Several small business owners are also likely to be the “strike call”, which is not supported by the trade, as measures taken by the opponents could be seen in various social media channels. So a local supplier in the Styrian town of Weiz is likely to have closed its business. Pictures of closed medical practices were also posted on the Telegram news service.