Tons of of individuals massed within the coronary heart of Vienna on Saturday, blowing whistles and brandishing indicators declaring their freedom within the Austrian capital a day after the nation’s leaders introduced a nationwide lockdown starting next week and a mandate for vaccines to guard in opposition to the coronavirus.

The police in Vienna mentioned that 10 of 11 demonstrations registered for Saturday concerned protests over the measures, that are geared toward halting the rampant surge of the coronavirus within the nation of almost 9 million folks, greater than one-third of whom will not be vaccinated.

The well being authorities reported 15,809 new circumstances inside 24 hours on Saturday, the newest report that’s straining Austria’s well being system.

Chants of “resistance” went up from the lots of of people that had packed the streets and the gardens across the Heldenplatz in entrance of the previous Hapsburg palace, at an illustration promoted by the populist Freedom Celebration.

“We’re all Austrians, no matter whether or not we’re vaccinated or not vaccinated,” Udo Landbauer, a regional occasion chief, advised the group. “We’ve got rights, and we’ll proceed to be loud till we get our fundamental rights again.”

The Austrian police had urged folks to keep away from the demonstrations, and 1,300 officers secured the streets as helicopters monitored from above.

A number of far-right teams had urged their supporters to journey to Vienna for the demonstrations, a transfer that raised issues over attainable violence.