The demo Saturdays against the Corona policy are almost used to in Vienna, but just after the decision to vaccinate, almost nothing happened that stunned a Tyrolean who had traveled specially. Maybe he should have traveled to Graz this time, because that’s where the protest came together on Saturday. Thousands marched through downtown Graz.
At 12 noon, a few corona demonstrators came to Vienna’s Heldenplatz, there were said to be not even ten. The mood of protest was greatest at 1 p.m. in Sigmund-Freud-Park. Supporters of the new anti-vaccination party MFG had gathered there for a rally. A planned flash mob with dancing and singing at Vienna’s Stephansplatz at 3 p.m. turned out to be a flop. Far too few people had turned up for him.
A Tyrolean is stunned on eXXpressTV: “I came from Tyrol for four and a half hours. What’s wrong with people?” What he is experiencing here is “a huge disappointment”, especially after the vaccination law was passed. “I’m afraid we’re going to drift off. I like being in a democracy.” He also brought a sign in which he addressed the Constitutional Court: “Wake up VFGH”, it says.
On the past Saturdays, there were always a particularly large number of people from the federal states demonstrating in Vienna. “They are all in Graz today,” reports an MFG supporter to eXXpress.
There was also a lot more going on in Graz. There, marching music set the mood for the demonstration at noon at the main train station, which was attended by thousands. “We show our faces against compulsory vaccination,” said one of the banners. All age groups were among the participants. Police announcements to comply with the FFP2 mask requirement were answered with a whistle, reports the “Kleine Zeitung”. At 1:15 p.m., the demo procession started, and the final rally took place at Karmeliterplatz. The demonstration officially came to an end around 6 p.m.