For demonstrations with more than 50 participants, everyone must wear an FFP2 mask, unless all participants have proof of 2G, which is unlikely for the demonstrators. By means of a loudspeaker announcement, the executive repeatedly pointed out the requirement to wear a mask. Demonstrators with masks were the exception, however, Austrian flags were numerous.
The demonstration was largely peaceful, but the police also reported that the mood was sometimes heated. At least three people resisted state violence, smoke bombs were detonated on the ring and officials were pelted with bottles and fireworks. The police had to use pepper spray. eXXpress reported.
At a rally on the Human Rights Square in front of the Museum Quarter, a video message from FPÖ boss Herbert Kickl was shown in the afternoon. He tested positive for the corona virus on Monday and is in quarantine. The protest is “about defending against a totalitarian danger and threat,” said Kickl.
Participants who passed through the castle gate onto Heldenplatz with applause and a banner identifying them as police officers also caused a stir. These are likely to be German citizens. The local police announced that they would check whether they were Austrian officials and whether the use of the poster was permitted. In principle, officials are of course also allowed to take part in political rallies in their free time, emphasized the police.