Sitemap

Protests Against Covid Rules And Lockdowns Erupt Across Europe

CorD Recommends

Serbia’s Zlatibor and Croatia’s Labin Unite in Tourism Pact

In a step to strengthen international ties...

EU Inaugurates Central Office for Artificial Intelligence

The European Union has taken a significant...

Balkan Borders Blur as Free Labor Movement Pact Launches

Marking a significant shift in the labor markets of Southeast Europe, Serbia, Albania, and North Macedonia have forged an...

Southeast Europe Unites in Support for Ukraine at Tirana Summit

In a striking demonstration of unity from Tirana, Southeast European leaders, together with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenski, have collectively...

New Management In Schneider Electric Serbia And Montenegro

Schneider Electric, the global leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, announces the appointment of Miloš Vuksanović...

Nestlé Unveils Plant-Based Meal Factory in Surčin, Serbia, with a €80 Million Investment

Nestlé has taken a significant step towards expanding its sustainable food production footprint by inaugurating a new €80 million...

Serbia Commits €5.4 Billion to Renewable Energy by 2030

Serbia's state-owned power company, Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS), has announced an ambitious plan to invest €5.4 billion in renewable energy...

Protests against fresh Covid-19 restrictions have rocked Europe over the weekend, with demonstrations breaking out in places such as Brussels, Vienna, Rome and Amsterdam.

There were protests in Vienna on Sunday after Austria entered its fourth national lockdown due to the current pandemic wave, with people now being asked to work from home and non-essential shops closing.

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg has said that the lockdown would run for a “maximum of 20 days.” Covid vaccinations will be mandatory from Feb. 1 next year, making Austria the first European country to introduce compulsory vaccination.

A demonstrator lights a smoke bomb during a rally held by Austria’s far-right Freedom Party FPOe against the measures taken to curb the Covid pandemic, at Maria Theresien Platz square in Vienna, Austria on November 20, 2021. JOE KLAMAR | AFP | Getty Image

In Belgium, protesters clashed with police after tens of thousands of people gathered in a march through Brussels’ city center on Sunday. The “Protest for Freedom” march, primarily aimed at protesting against stricter Covid restrictions, was attended by around 35,000 people, the police estimated.

Meanwhile, demonstrations continued for a third day in the Netherlands, following violent scenes and dozens of arrests in Rotterdam, with thousands more gathering in Amsterdam over the weekend.

Protesters gather in front of the Gare du Nord in Brussels on Nov.21. Police estimate 35,000 people gathered to protest against the Covid pass, which they consider to be divisive. Thierry Monasse | Getty Images News | Getty Images

After Rotterdam’s riots, there was further trouble in various neighborhoods in The Hague on Saturday night, as well as reports of disorder in several other smaller Dutch towns.

Over 50 people were arrested in Rotterdam on Friday after fierce demonstrations that were described as an “orgy of violence” by the city’s mayor.

Dutch police used water cannons and fired warning shots, injuring at least two people, after rioters against the country’s partial Covid lockdown — imposed amid surging cases — torched a police car, set off fireworks and hurled rocks at police officers.

People march during a protest against the latest measures to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, despite the cancellation of the event after violence marred protests in Rotterdam, on November 20, 2021 in Amsterdam. EVERT ELZINGA | AFP | Getty Images

Many Dutch people oppose the lockdown measures that have seen shops, bars and restaurants forced to close at 8 p.m.

Covid passes, which restrict access to venues like museums and bars to the vaccinated or recently recovered from Covid, are now compulsory in more venues. Protesters are opposed to government plans to make Covid passes mandatory in more sectors of public life. For now, tighter Covid measures are due to last until at least Dec. 4.

This photograph taken on November 20, 2021 shows burned bikes after a protest against the partial lockdown and against the 2G government policy in Rotterdam. JEFFREY GROENEWEG | AFP | Getty Images

Covid passes are also fueling protests in Rome, where large crowds gathered this weekend, objecting to the enforcement of Italy’s version of the Covid passport, the “Green Pass,” which became mandatory for all Italian workers on Oct. 15.

Workers must either show proof of vaccination, a negative test or recent recovery from infection or they could be suspended from work without pay or face a fine.

A sign protesting against Italy’s ‘Green Pass’ on November 20, 2021 in Rome.
Stefano Montesi – Corbis | Corbis News | Getty Images

Thousands of people also marched in Croatia’s capital Zagreb on Saturday, demonstrating against mandatory vaccinations for public sector workers and Covid passes.

People protest during a demonstration organized by ‘No Green Pass’ and ‘No Vax’ movements against the Green Pass Covid-19 health certificate, at the Circo Massimo in Rome on November 20, 2021. Stefano Montesi – Corbis | Corbis News | Getty Images

In Germany, politicians are beginning to debate the need for mandatory vaccinations, a move which could prompt protests if implemented.

The country’s seven-day coronavirus incidence rate has hit record highs in the past two weeks, while only 68% of the population is fully vaccinated.

Thousands of people stage a protest against Covid-19 measures in Zagreb, Croatia on 20 November 2021. Anadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

The government imposed nationwide restrictions against the unvaccinated last week, but lawmakers from across the political spectrum have said stricter rules may be needed.

Source: cnbc.com

Related Articles

European Banking Titans Surpass €100 Billion Profit Milestone Amid Rising Interest Rates

For the first time in history, Europe's banking behemoths have collectively breached the €100 billion profit ceiling, fueled by a significant uptick in interest...

Western Balkans Eye EU Membership by 2028

At the esteemed Munich Security Conference, a cornerstone event in global security discourse, leaders from North Macedonia, Albania, and Montenegro have passionately renewed their...

EIB Global Channels Record €1.2 Billion into Western Balkans

EIB Global, the European Investment Bank's arm for non-EU activities, has made a landmark investment of €1.2 billion in the Western Balkans for 2023,...

The EU and UNDP allocated 580,000 euros for civil society

The European Union and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have allocated funds for the implementation of 12 initiatives of civil society organizations (CSOs)...

EU Agreement Grants Consumers the Right to Repair Beyond Warranty Period

In a significant stride towards sustainability, European Union negotiators have reached a political agreement on a directive that will grant consumers the right to...

IMF Boosts Global Growth Forecast Amid Lower Energy Costs

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised its forecast for global economic growth upwards for this year, buoyed by robust consumer spending and declining...

Croatia Tops Affordability Chart for EU Arable Land

The European Union's 2022 data unveils a captivating snapshot of arable land prices, with Croatia emerging as the beacon of affordability for potential landowners.  In...

European Heritage Hub launches Small Grant Scheme for heritage projects in EU neighbouring countries

Grants of between 2,000 and 50,000 EUR will be awarded to civil-society-led heritage projects, with a special focus on those advancing the green, digital...