VIENNA (REUTERS) - Thousands of people marched through Vienna on Saturday (Dec 4) to protest against restrictions on public life designed to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
People carried signs saying: "I will decide myself", "Make Austria Great Again" and "New Elections" - a nod to the political turmoil that has seen three chancellors within two months - as crowds gathered.
Around 1,200 police officers deployed to handle scattered protests that were supposed to merge into a march on the Ring boulevard in central Vienna.
Police said they would remind marchers to wear masks and charge people who do not.
A parliamentary committee this week approved doubling the length of the lockdown to 20 days, which the government has said is the longest it will last.
Austria, a country of 8.9 million people, has reported nearly 1.2 million coronavirus cases and more than 12,000 Covid-19 linked deaths since the pandemic began last year.
New cases have been falling since the lockdown - which makes exceptions for protests - began.