IMAGO Weekend Roundup. Protests made headlines this weekend the world over as people gathered to oppose Covid restrictions amid a fourth wave in Europe, in support of the migrants still trapped at the Belarus-Polish border and in anger at the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse.


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As Austria enters into a 4th national lockdown, it becomes the first European country to announce a vaccination mandate as of February 2022. Amid soaring cases, the Austrian government has announced a minimum of a 10 day total lockdown beginning today despite already having begun tightening vaccine pass controls and testing requirements. They will become the first to issue a nationwide vaccination mandate although the minimum age this applies to has not yet been released. Failure to vaccinate could lead to significant fines and possible time in jail if they are not paid in full. Protests naturally erupted across the country as both pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine communities gathered to dispute the new lockdown, mandate and restrictions.

In Poland, a few thousand people took part in a Solidarity With Refugees march in Warsaw on Saturday. Protesting against the migrant pushbacks and the treatment of those now trapped at the Belarus border, signs with “Nobody is illegal” and “Stop torture at the border” were held high. Thousands of migrants, most of whom are Middle-Eastern, remain stuck at the border in below freezing conditions with little to no aid being allowed through to them as they try to cross the border into the European Union. With dispute over the Belarussian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, having cultivated the crisis by way of weaponizing migrants as leverage against the EU after they imposed sanctions on Belarus earlier this year, world leaders have been trying to de-escalate the issue in recent days.

As the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse echoed throughout the US this weekend, Black Lives Matter communities demonstrated nationwide. Outside the Kenosha, Wisconsin County Courthouse, the verdict was watched by many, including Jacob Blake’s uncle. The 18 year old was acquitted on all charges after stating he acted in self defense when he killed 2 men and seriously injured one other during racial unrest and violent protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake by a white police officer in August 2020. There have been calls for calm after the verdict sparked protests in cities including Chicago, Portland, Oregon and New York with President Joe Biden urging restraint, “I urge everyone to express their views peacefully, consistent with the rule of law”.

In sport, Manchester United are considering candidates for their manager role as this weekend saw a tearful exit from Ole Gunnar Solskjær after being sacked following the club’s 4-1 loss at Watford. Described by some as, “the least qualified manager in the club’s modern history”, Solskjær lost his job after leading the club for just shy of 3 years. Possible or rumored replacements include, Zinedine Zidane, Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers.

Sticking with football, this weekend’s Ligue 1 Lyon-Marseille match was abandoned after a 2 hour pause on play. Marseille player Dimitri Payet was stuck by a bottle thrown from home fans as he prepared to take a corner kick after 5 minutes. Falling to the ground, Payet walked off the pitch with medics and it has since been alleged that he was also subject to racial slurs and discriminatory comments during the attack.

Portland Timbers defeated Minnesota United FC 3-1 at Providence Park on Sunday but there were more important issues that took precedence. Portland fans set off red smoke in support of the NWSL women’s soccer players and their ongoing protests over sexual harassment scandal by former Portland Thorns coach, Paul Riley. Following the postseason opening this weekend, supporters from both the Portland Thorns and Timbers are calling for a boycott of stadium concessions and merchandise. 

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