Austria shocked by the suicide of a doctor, harassed with antioxidants

From the president to thousands of unknowns, Austria mourns a female doctor who committed suicide after receiving anti-fax threats on social media, an issue that highlights the harassment of COVID scientists.

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In Vienna, the bells of St Stephen’s Cathedral rang this week and candles formed a “sea of ​​lights” against “emotional abuse” and “terror” online.

Lisa Maria Kellermayr, 36, was found dead on Friday, July 29, in her office in Upper Austria (North). Farewell letters were found and an autopsy carried out at the request of his relatives confirmed the hypothesis of suicide.

Lisa Maria Kellermayr

And it announced in a letter published at the end of June on its professional website, the cessation of consultations until further notice.

“For more than seven months now, we have received death threats at irregular intervals from circles opposing COVID measures and vaccines,” she wrote.

She said she had “invested more than 100,000 euros” to ensure the safety of her patients, and spoke of an intolerable situation.

“I’m on my way, I’m in danger of bankruptcy,” she said in the press.

In support of her statements, she broadcast messages from a user threatening her by pretending to be sick before committing a massacre against her and her staff.

Lisa Maria Kellermayer was targeted after being criticized for protesting against compulsory vaccination in the fall of 2021.

Since then, she has not succeeded in notifying the authorities and has repeatedly appeared in the media to trust her plight.

The life of this practitioner with a big smile and passionate about her work became a living hell.

He met Daniel Landau, organizer of the commemoration party in Vienna, in mid-July in her office.

“She had been living there in seclusion for weeks and didn’t dare to go out,” he told AFP, urging authorities to raise awareness.

The police, who accused Ms Kellermayr of exploiting the case “for her bad reputation”, assured us that everything had been done to protect her.

The Public Prosecution Office of Wales has also defended itself against any breach. “As soon as we received the police report (identification of a suspect), we forwarded it to the relevant authorities in Germany,” spokesman Christoph Weber said.

Honors poured in from the highest peak in the state. On Monday, President Alexander van der Bellen went to the small town where she settled, Seewalchen, to lay flowers.

“Let’s end bullying and fear. There is no place for hatred and intolerance in Austria,” he denounced shortly after his death was announced.

In Telegram groups, malicious comments continue to circulate. Some netizens “celebrate his death, others attribute his death to the vaccine,” says Ingrid Brodning, a social networking specialist, explaining that COVID, through the polarization of society, “caused a very aggressive phenomenon in some.”

“Tough laws” exist, but they are still few or poorly enforced, she said, hoping for improvements “after this issue that shook the nation.”

In France, Karen Lacombe, a scientist who was “harmed” at the height of the epidemic, also lamented “the lack of feedback from the authorities” such as the fact that her complaint was “underrated” and categorized as “super-quick”.

If she was able to weather this ordeal thanks to the support of her hospital team, the infectious disease specialist, who is involved in a group of scientists known for fighting misinformation about the Corona virus, chose not to draw attention.

“Demand was high in 2022, but I made very few media appearances to avoid an outbreak of violence. We tell ourselves that the game is not worth it. In that sense, they (the aggressors) are winning, and they are turning a blind eye to us,” he laments.

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