After a motorcade heralded the protests on Friday, this weekend there will be not just one, but two days of demonstrations against the Corona policy. Vaccination skeptics and opponents of measures have registered protests for both Saturday and Sunday – several events are planned. In view of the mild, sunny weather, high participation figures are expected, and massive traffic disruptions in Vienna’s city center are once again on the agenda. This time the “highlight” for the demonstrators will be Sunday, when up to 20,000 demonstrators and prominent speakers are expected on stage at the “Day of Action for Freedom”: Actress Nina Proll and cabaret artist Roland Düringer, both known to be opponents of vaccination, have announced for a performance.
Two Corona-related rallies have been announced for Saturday. Around 500 people want to gather at Schwarzenberplatz for a compulsory vaccination demo and complete a round of the ring against the direction of travel from 12 to 2:30 p.m. The protesters will probably come together for a medium-sized Corona demo on Heldenplatz, which is registered there from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. According to the organizers, a total of up to 7,000 people are expected.
As already mentioned, the large-scale demonstration “Europe for Freedom”, the “Day of Action for Freedom” is on the Heldenplatz and Maria-Theresien-Platz on Sunday. A total of 20,000 demonstrators are expected from 11:30 a.m. Nina Proll, cabaret artist Roland Düringer and moderator Reinhard Jesionek have even registered as speakers. Here, too, a ring lap is planned in the direction of travel, the demo is scheduled to end at 6:30 p.m. Significant disruptions are to be expected in the ring and quay area. According to the police, the police will be on site “with a sufficient number of emergency services”.
Furthermore, a rally on the Ukraine conflict will take place on Saturday from 3 p.m. Around 1,000 participants are expected at the demonstration by the pro-European association “Vienna goes Europe” at the Human Rights Square, including Deputy Mayor Christoph Wiederkehr (Neos) and some members of the National Council.