Austria’s lockdown enforcer sworn in as chancellor as country braces for mandatory COVID vaccines
RAYMOND WOLFE for LIFESITE NEWS
Karl Nehammer, the country’s third leader in two months, previously oversaw a strict lockdown for the unvaccinated.
VIENNA, Austria – Karl Nehammer was sworn in Monday as the new chancellor of Austria amid chaos in the Austrian government and plans to mandate COVID vaccination for all residents.
Nehammer, who oversaw the country’s draconian lockdown rules as interior minister, is Austria’s third chancellor in just two months, taking over from Alexander Schallenberg, who announced a vaccine mandate two weeks ago for residents 14 years old and up.
Kurz announced Thursday that he would also relinquish leadership of the center-right People’s Party (ÖVP), Austria’s dominant political party since 2017. Schallenberg resigned hours later, saying the chancellor should also be the ÖVP party leader – a position he would not seek.
The People’s Party nominated Nehammer to both posts Thursday.
#Austria‘s new chancellor @karlnehammer just announced: ‘No freedom without vaccination’.
This man has no idea what freedom means.
He wants a #policestate.#Resist#NoVaccineMandates
— Alexander Tschugguel (@ATschugguel) December 3, 2021
NOW – Former minister of the interior Nehammer sworn in as #Austria‘s third chancellor in 2 months. Protest as he arrives at the Hofburg in #Vienna.pic.twitter.com/GNOh5dkvT1
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) December 6, 2021
Nehammer’s installment signals no relief from the ruling government’s extreme COVID dictates. As interior minister, Nehammer took an uncompromising stance on the unvaccinated, who were ordered into lockdown last month, saying at a news conference that “every person who lives in Austria must be aware that they can be checked by the police.”
The freedom sought by tens of thousands of Austrians who have demonstrated against the mandates in recent weeks can only be gained by vaccination, Nehammer said.
Fines for the unvaccinated could run up to 7,200 euros, according to Euractiv.
Major Austrian cities were rocked by another wave of protests last week over the proposed measures, as were several other European countries, including Belgium.
Another major anti-lockdown/anti-mandatory vaccination protest in #Vienna.#Austria #keineimpfpflicht#keinlockdown #w0412 pic.twitter.com/dK9Fs8WPSr
— Balazs Csekö (@balazscseko) December 4, 2021
#Belgium 🇧🇪 Today! The #Brussels firefighter and care worker protest against the covid mandates
The home of the EU looking like a warzone as water canon and huge police forces have been deployed pic.twitter.com/2holZ40yJT
— La French ConAction..🇫🇷 (@LFConaction) December 5, 2021
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