On Wednesday, 1,400 demonstrators again protested in Linz against the Corona measures. Participants are said to have frightened the children and filmed children and parents in front of the after-school care center of the Bruckner School. Both Governor Thomas Stelzer (ÖVP) and Mayor Klaus Luger (SPÖ) see a limit crossed here. Luger calls for protection zones around schools and childcare facilities.
First, children with masks are said to have stepped on the window during the demo. This aroused the interest of the demonstrators. Shouts rang out and participants began filming the children. The teachers then drew the curtains. “Curtains up” calls then came from the street. Since the end of the protest march was not far away, the demonstrators stopped in front of the after-school care center and are said to have taken photos of children and waiting parents.
In a message from the after-school care center to the parents it says: “In the period from 3.25 p.m. to 4 p.m. the children and the teachers were terrorized. Throughout the house, our teachers took care of the crying children of all ages”. The mother of a seven-year-old Hort child reported outraged to the “Oberösterreichische Nachrichten”: “My son didn’t know what was going on at all. He was incredibly scared. What shoud that?”
The governor found clear words. It is “intolerable when individual radical demonstrators pull up in front of a day care center and frighten children with their slogans and shouting – even if only unconsciously. Leave our children alone,” Thomas Stelzer demanded. The behavior of the vaccination critics was also sharply criticized by the Upper Austrian child protection state councilor Birgit Gerstorfer (SPÖ), the green state spokesman state councilor Stefan Kaineder and the Neos club chairman Felix Eypeltauer.
After the demo on Wednesday, 21 ads were reported for non-compliance with the mask requirement, two each for violations of the ban on masking, disorder and decency, and one ad under the Narcotics Act.