Austrian police are demanding vaccine passports from shoppers, shocking civil liberties defenders around the world.
Austria recently implemented a rule that put those without a vaccine passport on lockdown, while the fully vaccinated can go about their daily activities.
In one video, a group of Austrian police officers are seen patrolling a mall.
Three Austrian police officers approach a group of shoppers, who hold out their vaccine papers of compliance.
Other videos show police demanding vaccine papers from drivers at roadblocks.
As a result of an increase in cases, the Austrian government announced a 10-day lockdown for those who have not been vaccinated. Disobeying the lockdown rule attracts a €500 fine, while refusing to show a vaccine passport could result in a €1,450 penalty. The law came to effect on Monday.
“We are not taking this step lightly, but unfortunately it is necessary,” said Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg.
“In reality we have told one third of the population: you will not leave your [home] apart from for certain reasons.
“That is a massive reduction in contacts between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated.”
The lockdown sparked protests outside the chancellor’s residence in the nation’s capital Wien, and also across the country.
Austrian police have been ordered to stop and check individuals on the streets to enforce a lockdown on people who have refused a Covid-19 vaccine.
Starting on November 15, 2021, in Austria, people who cannot show proof of vaccination and are caught going into cinemas, gyms or shops face fines starting at US$573 (500 euros). Business owners could be fined US$4,100 (3,600 euros), according to the Interior Ministry.
Austria needs to raise its “shamefully low vaccination rate” of less than two-thirds of the population, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said at a press conference in Vienna. “We are not taking this step lightly. But unfortunately it’s necessary.”
The covid lockdowns are to be enforced with random spot checks for the next 10 days with police patrols being stepped up. It will then be reviewed, according to the government. The main committee of parliament approved the lockdown.
About 65 per cent of Austria’s almost nine million people are vaccinated, below the EU average of 67 per cent, while daily increases in infections have hit records this week.
Run for your lives and board up your windows…COVID (governments) WILL NEVER STOP.
Schallenberg called again on those who have not yet been vaccinated to get jabbed. Hundreds gathered outside the chancellery building for his announcement in a noisy protest, waving banners that read “No to mandatory vaccination” and “Our body, our freedom to decide.”
“I’m here to set a sign. We must fight back now. We want to work, we want to help people, but we don’t want to vaccinate ourselves because this is simply our decision,” said Sarah Hein, an unvaccinated 30-year-old hospital worker.
“Healthy people are being locked up,” said another demonstrator, declining to give her name.
Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg. He said a nationwide lockdown would begin on Monday, November 15, for those not vaccinated against Covid-19 or recently recovered.
The Austrian government announced last week that vaccinations would become mandatory for health workers.
Austria’s unique approach to containing the virus comes as the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control warns that Covid-19 cases are spiking. As the region again becomes a hotspot for the disease, governments are clamping down on contact to keep hospitals from getting overloaded.
Overloaded hospitals? Never. Remember #emptyhospitals and #filmyourhospital from early 2020? We do.
Austrian Police and Lockdowns
Austria’s lockdown means people over 12 who are not vaccinated or cannot show that they have recently recovered from Covid will not be allowed to leave the house except for reasons such as buying essential supplies, exercise or seeking medical care.
But Austria’s normally combative provincial leadership has lined up behind the government’s new measures in the hopes of saving the key winter tourism season. Over the weekend Germany designated its Austrian neighbour a “high risk” zone, making travel more restrictive.
Unvaccinated people in Austria were already banned from restaurants, hotels and cultural venues unless they could show they had recently recovered from the disease. Around 11,700 people infected with the coronavirus have died in the country. Daily cases hit a record high of more than 13,000 new infections on Saturday.
Sending MUCH LOVE and STRENGTH to the people of Austria and Australia.
This madness must end and you can help by NOT COMPLYING if you choose to not wear masks or take their death jabs.
“When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty” – Thomas Jefferson
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