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Massive climate protest in Austrian capital

Homa Lezgee
Press TV, Vienna

Vienna witnesses one of its biggest climate protests with tens of thousands calling for a turnaround in the government’s environmental policies. On Wednesday, all parties in parliament except for the far right Freedom party declared a national Climate Emergency, making Austria the fourth European country after the UK, Ireland and France to make environmental protection a top political priority.

The Green Party’s candidate for Sunday’s general election Werner Kogler says the climate issue has increased the party’s chances to make up for previous losses and win more seats in the legislature.

The Fridays for Future movement was instrumental in negotiating the parliament’s decision to declare a climate emergency, asking for climate checks on all future legislation.

The conservatives and the far-right have vetoed a decision to increase Austria’s contribution to the Green Climate Fund to a 100 million euros. Protesters say they will keep up the protests until there is action.

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