We met German lawyer Markus Haintz at the Europe for Freedom rally on February 27, 2022 in Vienna. It was not only his sympathy for this federal state that brought him to Vienna, but above all the vaccination law, which Austria was the first country to bring to the table. In Germany, the vote on this will take place in mid-March.
An interview with Edith Brötzner
Lawyer Markus Haintz is focusing on his work in Austria because he hopes that this will prevent the enforcement of a compulsory vaccination law in Germany in the first place. Even if compulsory vaccination is already on the table in our neighboring country, will soon be voted on and will probably pass, Haintz sees the whole thing positively: the headwind is getting bigger and A mandatory vaccination law that was passed would act as an initial spark and drive millions of people onto the streets in addition to the resistance. A demo could not prevent compulsory vaccination, but it could clearly show politicians that the red line has been crossed.
System cannot act against 10 to 15 million citizens
He considers the feasibility of compulsory vaccination less a legal than a practical question. Due to the fact that the Federal Constitutional Court is not independent and the higher administrative courts are also brought into line, decisions and judgments are becoming more and more abstruse and abstract and can no longer be taken seriously. He sees the passive as a bigger lever: If the justice system has to decide fifteen million misdemeanors at some point, it will collapse. In this way, you can also defend yourself legally. Because the system cannot act against ten to fifteen million citizens as if they were criminals.
A lawyer in activism
For the lawyer, the Corona crisis has changed his whole life. As one of the first to resist he has been spending his life mainly as an activist on the streets and traveling around the world for almost two years now. His working week no longer consists of 40 to 50 working hours, but now consists of almost 90 hours. Haintz does not regret his commitment for a second in the last two years. There is no turning back for him. He doesn’t want to miss the personal change and the positive feedback clearly outweighs the hostilities.
His clear desire, which I’m sure many share with him, is nonetheless a return as soon as possible to a normal life that does not consist of almost one hundred percent activism and daily visits to demonstrations.
Editor’s note: Even though the compulsory vaccination law in Austria has currently been suspended – it is still ready for use in the drawer and has NOT been finally cancelled. Despite a short breather, one thing is certain: The resistance must not let up now and we all have to prepare for a sharp autumn.