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130 Italian families won't protect children, but want asylum in Austria

Staff Writer |
More than 130 families in the Italian province of South Tyrol are allegedly threatening to seek asylum in Austria, just days after the Italian president signed a decree requiring mandatory vaccinations for school admission.

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"The parents have already written to [Italian President] Mattarella, to the Austrian [President] Van der Bellen, as well as the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva," anti-vaccination activist Reinhold Holzer told ANSA news agency.

It comes just two days after Mattarella signed a decree requiring children entering school to have 12 mandatory vaccinations, according to ministry sources.

Unvaccinated school-age children will still be allowed to enroll in school, but their parents will be fined anywhere from €500 to €7,500 (US$559 to $8,386).

"We will not poison our children," Holzer said, adding that asylum is not only for those fleeing war, but also for those who are being deprived of human rights.

Holzer went on to describe vaccines as "chemical carnage at the expense of our children."

He said the people of South Tyrol are "particularly sensitive to issues of health and the environment, so the number of unvaccinated children is particularly high."


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