For three weekends, demonstrations will take place in front of the state clinics in Salzburg to protect clinic staff from opponents of the coronavirus measures. A week ago at the entrance to the SALK, the critics swore at nurses and doctors and whistled.
To prevent this from happening again, the ÖVP itself has registered rallies and created a kind of ban mile in front of the hospital. The principle is simple: if a rally has been registered in front of the state clinics, no others can take place there at that time.
The idea of the ÖVP was quickly picked up, also by other Salzburg parties, says Nikolaus Stampfer, ÖVP state manager. “Even if the political parties often have different opinions, I think there are many legs that you stick together with physical things and something can die.”
Ban mile against protests by opponents of measures
SPÖ and Green politicians joined on Friday and Saturday to create a kind of ban mile in front of the state clinics – in which opponents of the coronavirus measures are then no longer allowed to demonstrate. “That is why we are now on site with our staff and with the support of the other parties and will express our solidarity with the nursing and medical staff in a quiet and peaceful manner,” says Stampfer.
Aktion wants to hold out in front of the clinic until Christmas
The scenes that took place in front of the hospital last weekend shouldn’t be repeated, according to Stampfer. Nursing staff and doctors were booed and abused by demonstrators and they now have to wait in front of the clinic until Christmas – every Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon.