Omicron is spreading rapidly in Europe. Several countries have taken steps to strengthen quarantine measures. However, protests against this movement have also ensued.
This news is reported by reporter Kim Kyung-hee.
More than 40,000 protesters took over the central streets of Vienna, Austria’s capital.
Protests against the COVID-19 containment measures and mandatory vaccination have continued every weekend for the third week.
The Austrian government has announced a policy to make vaccination compulsory in February next year following the ban on going out that started on the 22nd of last month.
[카타리나/시위대 : 아직 정부의 정식 승인을 받지 못한, 연구가 진행되고 있는 백신입니다. 그런데도 접종을 의무화하는 건 말도 안 됩니다.]
Protests also took place in the Netherlands, which recently strengthened quarantine measures, such as a night curfew after 5 pm and limiting the number of private gatherings.
Thousands of protesters held up signs and balloons, demanding an end to the pressure on the unvaccinated.
[마리트 반 후넨/시위대 : 우리는 사회적 거리 두기와 신체에 대한 자유 박탈에 반대합니다.]
Protests against quarantine measures were also held in major German cities such as Berlin, Frankfurt, and Hamburg.
Thousands of people marched through the streets in Barcelona, Spain, chanting slogans against the vaccine pass that took effect this weekend.
However, as omicron mutation infections have been confirmed in 17 European countries so far, governments around the world are tightening the reins of quarantine.
In central Rome, Italy, starting this weekend, it is mandatory to wear a mask both indoors and outdoors.
Police are cracking down on major tourist attractions, including the Trevi Fountain.
[죠반나/로마 시민 : (마스크 착용 의무화에) 찬성합니다. 사람들을 보호하기 위해, 마스크 착용 같은 모든 조치가 필요하다고 봅니다.]
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will retire on the 8th, in her last public podcast, with tears in her eyes, once again appealed for vaccination.
(Video editing: Kim Jun-hee)
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