Elders, 'n geskatte 40,000 people on Saturday crowded the streets of Vienna in the country’s biggest coronavirus-related protest to date. Police tried to de-escalate the protest and when the “mood was about to tip,” they stopped fining those not wearing facemasks, Franz Eigner, Vice President of the Vienna police said during a press conference on Sunday.
Some police officers had “unidentified liquid” sprayed on them, and protesters were trying to blind a helicopter with a laser, Eigner said.
A small number of protesters were “extremely prone to violence,” Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said during the press conference, which he associated with the “right-wing extremist scene.”
Austria will re-introduce a nationwide partial lockdown on Monday and make coronavirus vaccinations mandatory from February next year.
Meer as 1,400 police officers were deployed across the country to maintain public order, volgens 'n polisieverklaring. Pepper spray was used in one “verhit” protest in central Vienna, the police statement added.
France sent dozens of elite police and counter-terrorism officers to its Caribbean island of Guadeloupe Saturday following looting and arson overnight in defiance of an overnight curfew.
The island’s prefect on Friday introduced the stay-at-home order after protests against the vaccine pass spiralled into violence the previous night. The interior ministry said 31 mense is in hegtenis geneem.
Rondom 15,000 people on Saturday protested in Zagreb against the Croatian government’s coronavirus measures. From Monday, only people with Covid passports can enter government and public buildings in Croatia.