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30,000 take to streets in Austria to demand climate action

Aaron Burnett
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30,000 take to streets in Austria to demand climate action
A group of activists from the 'Last Generation" group blocks a street in Vienna during a climate action protest. (Copyright: Letzte Generation Österreich)

Protests for more government action on climate change kicked off in 12 cities around the country Friday, with the largest in Vienna.

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Organisers estimate about 20,000 turned out in the capital - a full two-thirds of all the protestors seen in all of Austria Friday.

It began with a rally around noon at the Vienna Mitte Mall, before marchers made their way through the city centre and on to Parliament.

Demonstrators demanded that the government of Chancellor Karl Nehammer - whose centre-right People's Party governs in coalition with the environmentally-minded Greens - hold a 'climate catastrophe summit' with both the federal government and state premiers to agree to tougher comprehensive climate measures.

Organisers pointed to the summer heatwaves and floods as evidence that the climate crisis has arrived in Austria.

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While Vienna saw the largest rally by far, another 10,000 protestors attended protests elsewhere in the country on Friday, including in Graz, Linz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Pressbaum, St. Pölten, Salzburg, Kufstein, Bregenz, Mistelbach, and Ried.

Klagenfurt's demonstration reported 100 attendees, while 700 marched in Bregenz.

The Austrian rallies are part of the almost 400 expected this weekend around the world, primarily organised by Fridays for Future with the support of other organisations.

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