Thousands Protest COVID-19 Policies in Austria

Tens of thousands of people protested in Austria’s capital on Saturday, another in a string of large demonstrations against the government’s coronavirus policies.

Police said around 44,000 people joined in the march, which was in part called for by the right-wing “Freedom Party of Austria”.

Protesters were demonstrating against policies such as compulsory COVID-19 vaccinations, with fines for those who refuse the jab.

Speaking at the rally, the leader of the Freedom Party of Austria Herbert Kickl called for resistance to the policy, calling the government plans an “assault on humanity.”

Until late afternoon, the protests were mostly peaceful.