Virus protests continue across Europe

Police have dispersed anti-lockdown protests in Sweden's capital Stockholm and other cities.
Police have dispersed anti-lockdown protests in Sweden's capital Stockholm and other cities.

Thousands of people have gathered in cities in Sweden, Austria, Germany and Ireland to protest against coronavirus restrictions in signs some Europeans are growing angry over lockdowns.

There were separate protests on Saturday in Stockholm, Vienna, Munich and Cork, with local police making several arrests and controlling crowds.

Vienna saw a huge protest of thousands of people, with buses of protesters arriving from outside the capital while far-right groups also joined the crowds.

Swedish police dispersed hundreds of anti-lockdown demonstrators who had gathered in central Stockholm.

Authorities said the demonstration, the first major protest against Sweden's coronavirus restrictions, was illegal.

In Ireland's Cork, six people were arrested during an anti-lockdown protest attended by hundreds.

The gathering passed off without major incident, but a similar event ended in violent scenes in the capital Dublin last weekend.

Public gatherings are currently banned in Ireland under the coronavirus regulations.

And in Germany, people took to the roads to protest in motorcades in the cities of Munich and Nuremberg.

In Nuremberg there were almost 130 vehicles and in Munich police counted more than 80 cars participating.

Both rallies took place without any major incidents, although there were temporary traffic obstructions.

The protests follow similar events in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Prague and other cities in recent weeks.

Australian Associated Press