Anschluss Of Hedgerow Theatre; Sanctuary For Arts Goes Full Austrian With Vax Policy
By Bob Small
The Austrian Bundesrat, Feb. 3, voted 47-12 for Europe’s first vaccine mandate and President President Alexander Van der Bellen signed it into law.
Sad to say, one of the parties backing it is the Greens.
This type of frightening authoritarianism was discussed in one of my previous posts.
Police in Austria will begin monitoring the unvaxed starting March 15 after which fine of up to the equivalent of $4,109 will begin, possibly followed by prison. Weekly Saturday protests in Vienna have attracted tens of thousands of people yet have been remarkably, or not, underreported.
Reaction has come from all Austrian opposition Parties, from the Liberal NEOS Party to the far right Freedom Party (FP).
“The law is unconstitutional and not proportionate,” said Herbert Kickl, leader of the FP, said
“What we are dealing with here is a vaccine mandate that comes into effect just as the government is making it possible for those who aren’t vaccinated to enter a bar with a subsidised free test result and raise a glass to their resistance,” Gerard Loacker, Health spokesman for NEOS.
Previously there were obligatory vaccine checks at all retail shops.
Other European Countries are watching this carefully.
And in Delaware County, Pa., the fabled Hedgerow Theatre is now requiring patrons to provide proof of vaccination.
With her kindly permission, I’m quoting fellow Swarthmorean Carol Kennedy’s response to Hedgerow:
Both the WHO and the CDC have acknowledged that a person can both catch and transmit Covid-19 even if he/she has been fully vaccinated. There is no advantage to a vaccination in terms of transmission. So requiring proof of vaccination is not scientifically based and even provides a false sense of security in terms of likelihood of catching or transmitting the disease. In fact, both my husband and myself caught Covid even though we were fully vaxxed.
We do not believe in any kind of medical apartheid that places the privileges and rights of one segment of the population above another based on personal medical choice.”
The very last thing this, or any country needs, is further division between people.