Europe Protests Against Lockdowns, Vax Mandates in Rome, Vienna, Netherlands

On Saturday, mass protests erupted throughout Europe, with rallies in Vienna, Rome, and the Netherlands, as governments across the continent reimposed lockdown restrictions and imposed severe Covid-19 vaccination procedures.

  • An estimated 38,000 people marched on the Wiener Ring on Saturday in Vienna against the imposition of new lockdown restrictions, Breitbart reports.
  • According to event organizers, approximately 100,000 people attended the protests.
  • There were at least ten arrests during the protest, as demonstrators clashed with police, who were reportedly attacked with fireworks, the Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung reported.
  • The Vienna protests came after recently installed Chancellor of Austria, Alexander Schallenberg, imposed nationwide lockdowns and announced mandatory vaccinations starting in February.

In Rome, approximately 4,000 people gathered in the Circus Maximus, with chants of “liberty” ringing out in the ancient stadium, according to the local Il Messaggero newspaper.

The demonstration also saw pro-Trump banners and featured slogans such as “people like us never give up”.

Italy has recently enacted a requirement of the so-called Green Pass for the workplace, restaurants, and gyms among other public spaces.

Violent scenes were once again seen across The Netherlands after a night of rioting on Friday evening in Rotterdam. At least 19 people were arrested in The Hague, amid reports of widespread vandalism and attacks on police officers, five of whom were injured, according to De Telegraaf.

Chaotic scenes were also witnessed in the fishing town of Urk, where 16 were arrested as demonstrators shot fireworks at the heavy police presence.

The Netherlands has seen a massive uprising of the anti-lockdown movement after Prime Minister Mark Rutte reimposed lockdown restrictions and called for the nation’s health pass to be restricted to the vaccinated and those with proof of recovery from the Wuhan virus.

Around 2,000 people also protested in Zurich, Switzerland, with other demonstrations being held across the country ahead of a national referendum on vaccine passports to be held later this month.

Protests were also held in Britain, with marches seen in Manchester and in London, where anti-vaccine passport protesters gathered outside the Austrian Embassy.