A wave of anti-lockdown protests swept Europe this weekend as our freedom-loving friends across the pond fought the draconian measures.
The biggest one took place in Vienna, Austria as 10,000 people marched to fight tyranny:
Vienna – Anti lockdown protest pic.twitter.com/hxFha9kEdf
— Happy Harry (@HappyHarryMedia) January 16, 2021
Anti-lockdown in Vienna Austria https://t.co/DAE4PqsUdq
— bayareamade (@Bayareamade) January 17, 2021
Protests also broke out in Amsterdam:
NOT on the BBC "news".
AMSTERDAM Anti Lockdown Protest.
Police on horseback, water cannons, protesters push back and throw objects. pic.twitter.com/81IafSTRks
— Global Anti Lockdown Alliance #GALA (@Demo2020cracy) January 17, 2021
Thousands protest in Amsterdam against Dutch coronavirus lockdown https://t.co/EWTut1mUUK
— The Independent (@Independent) January 17, 2021
Museumplein, Amsterdam – Protest against the lockdown pic.twitter.com/n7yyZnGJT7
— Happy Harry (@HappyHarryMedia) January 17, 2021
The resistance is also rising in Italy:
Italy 🇮🇹 Epic scenes, Shops and eateries have decided enough is enough, joined forces and agreed to open up, ignoring all Govt Covid restrictions. I think we are about to witness true HISTORY. Unity and mass Civil disobedience is our only hope. Long Live the People 💥👊 pic.twitter.com/77SuXHSL7c
— ✖️RISE✖️® (@timesuppeeps) January 14, 2021
ITALY: #IoApro restaurant is open, police arrives. Customers refuse to leave & shout in unison "Get out! Get out! Get out! ..we pay your wages from our taxes, you work for us.. Get out! Get out! Get out!" #IOpen pic.twitter.com/Wqa0DYz4ls
— Robin Monotti FRSA ⭐ (@robinmonotti) January 16, 2021
Zero Hedge covered the protests that swept across the continent:
Multiple anti-lockdown demonstrations were observed in Europe over the weekend. The largest one was seen in the Austrian capital, Vienna, Saturday, where at least 10,000 people marched against new coronavirus restrictions. Then thousands more were seen in Amsterdam, the Netherlands’ capital, denouncing new restrictive measures against their freedoms imposed by the government.
On Saturday, the demonstration in Vienna was mostly peaceful, even with a massive crowd. As for protests in Amsterdam, well, many clashed with riot police in an unauthorized demonstration.
According to Reuters, the unauthorized gathering was around the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum art galleries on Sunday.
People were waving flags and carrying signs the read: “Freedom: stop this siege” and singing “What do we want? Freedom!”.
Many of the anti-lockdown protesters wore no masks nor practiced safe social distancing measures, such as standing six feet apart from one another.
Reuters noted the original protest on Museum Square was denied a permit. Still, demonstrators showed up anyway, angered that their freedoms have been whittled away under the guise of coronavirus restrictions.
The crowd became more irate throughout Sunday afternoon as they clashed with riot police.
From the Independent:
Thousands of people have staged an unauthorised protest in Amsterdam against a national lockdown imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Riot police broke up demonstrators who gathered at a square in front of the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum art galleries carrying signs reading “Freedom: stop this siege” and chanting “What do we want? Freedom!”.More than 5,000 people had signalled their interest in attending the protest on social media, leading to officers pre-empting the start of the gathering.
Police used water cannon to try to disperse the gathering after 15 minutes.
Authorities had declined an application for the protest to be held on Museum Square. The demonstrators refused to leave when police told them to do so, and some threw fireworks.
Police had warned that the denied application meant no one was allowed on the museum square.
They also noted on Twitter that demonstrators were refusing to comply with public health orders such as the requirement to wear masks and keep 1.5 metres apart. There were reports that some of the protesters were hugging as a deliberate act of defiance.
Witnessing thousands of people resist these draconian measures is an encouraging sight.
For months, governments around the world have used COVID-19 as cover to institute widespread tyranny and authoritarianism.
We need to see stronger resistance back on this side of the pond.
Share this to tell your friends & family it’s time to take our freedom back.
Especially if you live in one of America’s lockdown-happy states.