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24Nov21 -Covid Protests- Original

Dear prayer partners,

On Sunday 21 November, thousands of people marched through central Brussels (Belgium’s capital) to protest restrictions imposed by the government to counter the latest rise in coronavirus cases. The rally was also protesting the requirement to show a vaccine certificate when going to public places such as restaurants. The march began peacefully but turned violent as conflict escalated between police and civilians.

On Friday 19 November, thousands took to the streets in Vienna (capital of Austria) after a 20-day nationwide partial lockdown was announced. The government also announced that the COVID-19 vaccination will be made mandatory in the country from 1 February next year.

Demonstrations (many violent) also took place in Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Croatia, North Macedonia, Northern Ireland, the Netherlands, and various other EU countries due to governments imposing partial lockdowns and tighter restrictions, particularly on the unvaccinated.

There have also been reports of unrest in Sydney and other major Australian cities, where thousands marched against vaccine mandates applied to certain occupations by state authorities.

A few weeks ago, New Zealand heightened security measures at its parliament as people gathered to protest compulsory COVID-19 vaccination and government lockdowns.

COVID-19 vaccination is currently a very sensitive topic across the globe. World leaders need much wisdom in deciding how to approach it, while those protesting should find peaceful ways to make their voices heard rather than resorting to violence. Matthew 5:9 (AMP) says, “Blessed [spiritually calm with life-joy in God’s favour] are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they will [express His character and] be called sons of God.” The Church has the opportunity amid the disorder to be makers and maintainers of peace – expressing the character of God to a world in disarray.

Please join with us in praying for the global COVID-19 protests.

“Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers.” (J. Sidlow Baxter)