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VIENNA: Tens of 1000’s took to the streets in Austria and Australia Saturday as anger mounted over recent COVID restrictions imposed in opposition to a resurgent pandemic, sparking in a single day riots in a Dutch metropolis and a French island.

Europe is battling a recent wave of infections and several other international locations have tightened curbs, with Austria on Friday asserting a nationwide partial lockdown — essentially the most dramatic restrictions in Western Europe for months.

Different nations on the continent have resorted to much less extreme restrictions, typically selecting to ban unvaccinated folks from venues like eating places and bars.

Some 35,000 got here out to protest in Austria, 1000’s marched in Croatia’s capital Zagreb and there have been smaller rallies within the Netherlands.

In Sydney, some 10,000 marched and there have been protests in different main Australian cities in opposition to vaccine mandates utilized to sure occupations by state authorities.

“In Australia the place a fanatical cult runs our well being bureaucracies, they are saying it´s okay (to vaccinate youngsters),” right-wing politician Craig Kelly informed the Sydney crowd to giant cheers.

Violence marred protests on Friday within the Dutch port metropolis of Rotterdam, the place police fired warning pictures as protesters set fires. Two folks had been hospitalised with bullet wounds.

There was arson and looting in a single day within the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, the place an evening curfew has been imposed.

Hundreds gathered Saturday in central Vienna close to the Chancellery, responding to a name by the far-right FPO occasion.

They held up banners decrying “Corona dictatorship” and slamming the “division of society”.

“It isn’t regular that the federal government deprives us of our rights,” stated 42-year-old trainer Katarina Gierscher, who travelled for six hours to get to the rally.

“The federal government needs to divide us. We should stay united.”

From Monday, 8.9 million Austrians won’t be allowed to depart house besides to go to work, store for necessities and train. The restrictions will initially final 20 days with an analysis after 10 days.

Vaccination in opposition to COVID-19 within the Alpine nation might be necessary from February 1 subsequent yr.

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