Action critics and vaccination opponents camp in Vienna’s city park. As a “temporary resident” tells us, almost 30 people have been living here in tents for 14 days. At the weekend it is more because many have to work during the week. So far, they have only had good contact with the executive, the man in camouflage tells us. The camp is registered and approved as a permanent meeting until the end of February, although drinks are served and people sit together on heuriger benches, there is no mask or 2G obligation. This is not controlled either. “The executive is just doing its job, and they want peace too,” he tells us.
People sit together, laugh and play music over loudspeakers. They greet each other with firm hugs. They are about “maintaining and fighting for democracy,” said a gentleman who stands behind a makeshift counter and provides everyone who likes with warm food and drinks. These are donated to them by local residents, he also has an association and can therefore buy something cheaper in the wholesale market. “The demo yesterday was great,” says the man in his mid-thirties. It was consistently peaceful, a colorful mixture, that made him happy. He repeatedly emphasizes that he trusts the Constitutional Court, which would not allow such a vaccination requirement to pass. Almost everyone in the camp is of this opinion – the Constitutional Court will probably repeal these “measures of division”.
Something is going on around the camp and the snack bar, we get a discussion between a supporter of measures and an opponent. “How long should we still wear the masks?” Asks a red-haired woman who is later introduced to us as Jenny by other visitors and residents of the anti-corona camp. You do not see it “that the state wants to intervene in my physical integrity.” Your discussion opponent, a man in his forties who claims to live in Belgium and only to visit, tells us that he is amazed at the extent of the Corona – debate in Austria. “We only have a few percent of people who are against vaccinations, there are so few that there will be no compulsory vaccination,” he says. He sees the measures as “the lesser evil. We have to get this virus under control now, ”he says. Professionally, he has traveled a lot in “real dictatorships like Belarus” and is worried about the inflationary use of the word “dictatorship”. He is very polite to his discussion partner, the two who have fundamentally different opinions allow each other to express themselves and listen to each other. eXXpress asks the two for conciliatory words, each side also expresses understanding for the other.
Two older, well-dressed women assess the matter much more clearly, one of the two tells us: “I see it just like our Chancellor. The sooner the vaccination is compulsory, the better. ”She does not see“ why vaccinated people now have to suffer from the decisions of the unvaccinated. ”She describes herself as an“ absolute vaccination advocate ” by the demonstrators are visibly agitated. One of the two claims to be a doctor. When we want to question him, he turns his head and gets on the bike. With the words “As long as you don’t have a face mask and I don’t know whether you’re even vaccinated, I’ll not speak to you” and pedaled. When I reply that he is not wearing a mask either, although he is speaking, as he drives away he replies “Yes, but I am also three times vaccinated.”
Everywhere around the camp there are supporters and opponents of the measures and discussions – it can get a little louder, says an older man. “It is better to have discussions than not to talk to each other at all.” It is noticeable on this Sunday that a surprising number of people want to express their opinion in front of the camera. The lockdown and the debate about mandatory vaccinations seem to be emotional. However, the residents and visitors of the camp are apparently far from violence and hatred. “I just want to have my freedom again,” says a young man. This is probably how many people feel, whether advocates or opponents of the measures – only the way to get there differentiates them.