Protests against Covid restrictions held in Stockholm and Vienna

Photo: AP Anti-lockdown protesters demonstrate against coronavirus restrictions, Stockholm, 6 March 2021.

Swedish police on Saturday dispersed hundreds of opponents of coronavirus restrictions who staged a protest in the capital Stockholm in defiance of a ban on large gatherings, news wires reported. According to Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, demonstrators had travelled from several parts of Sweden. The protest was disbanded by police due to lack of permit for the public gathering.

The centre-left government  of PM Stefan Lofven said last month that it would cut opening hours for restaurants, bars and cafes and tighten limits on the number of people allowed in shops, in a bid to ward off a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Also on Saturday several hundred people gathered in Vienna at to demonstrate against measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus, with buses of protesters arriving from outside the capital. Some carried posters, with one reading "Kurz must go," in reference to Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, APA news agency reported.


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