This time, too, individual speakers did not skimp on powerful statements. “It’s war,” said the controversial microbiologist Sucharit Bhakdi. He was on Skype. Bhakdi did not mean the war in Ukraine, but the Corona measures.
This mega demo was announced weeks ago. Mainly because of the announced speeches by some celebrities, the interest was quite high. But one of the best-known Corona critics canceled her appearance on Heldenplatz at the last second. It was the actress Nina Proll. Although she was among the participants in the rally, her speech fell through, allegedly because the rally started late – at 12 p.m., not at 11:30 a.m.
In contrast to the previous mega demos, this time the protest took place on a Sunday, not on a Saturday. In addition, from 3 p.m. the march was not against the direction of travel, as before, but in the direction of travel.
The cabaret artist and actor Roland Düringer was one of the celebrities who had previously performed at Heldenplatz. “Would we have expected ‘that’ two years ago?” he asked the protesters. “We just didn’t expect ‘that’,” and therefore “we’re angry at ‘it’ because ‘it’ isn’t how we ‘imagined’ it”.
Among the other speakers was the doctor Michael Brunner, federal chairman of the new party MFG, as well as two doctors who had been expelled from the medical association and were now sharply criticizing the president of the medical association.
The initiative “We show our face” organized the demo train this time. The demo ended at 6:30 p.m. At 8 p.m. there will be a sea of lights on Heroes’ Square – not against vaccination or compulsory vaccination, but for peace in view of the war in Ukraine.