Amid rising numbers of Covid-19 cases in Europe, tens of thousands took to the streets in Vienna on Saturday to protest the nationwide lockdown Austria is imposing from Monday, while violence erupted at a protest in the Netherlands.
In Vienna, protesters, many of them supporters of the far-right, chanted “resistance!” and held signs taking aim at government officials, according to the Associated Press.
In Rotterdam, the Netherlands, police shot and wounded at least two protesters and injured seven on Friday in rioting against new Covid policies, such as a vaccine pass, according to the BBC.
The demonstration had morphed into a riot, with some protesters setting police cars on fire and throwing rocks at the police, who used water cannons to disperse the crowd and arrested at least 20 people, the BBC reports.
More protests against Covid restrictions were expected in Switzerland, Croatia and Italy.
1,395 per million. That was Austria’s seven-day rolling average of new daily coronavirus infections as of Friday, the highest level since the pandemic began, and more than five times the U.S.’ 277 per million, according to the website Our World In Data.
Earlier this month, the World Health Organization warned Europe was “once again, at the epicentre” of the Covid-19 pandemic. Cases and deaths have surged across the continent, accounting for more than half of the seven-day average of new reported cases worldwide, according to Our World In Data
Thousands protest upcoming lockdown in Vienna (Associated Press)