Thousands Protest German Coronavirus Restrictions

  • On Saturday evening, German police broke up a demonstration against the rules of dealing with Coronavirus infection in Berlin.
  • The crowd at the demonstration was characterized by its disparate stripes.
  • Counter-protesters referred to the demonstrators as "covidiots" and "Nazis."

German police dispersed thousands of demonstrators against Coronavirus restrictions in Berlin, after calling for them to respect the rules of the pandemic in vain. Demonstrators belonging to various groups did not adhere to the rules of wearing musks and social distancing.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic spread to Germany on 27 January 2020, when the first case was confirmed and contained near Munich, Bavaria. As of August 1, Germany has reported 211,257 cases, 9,226 deaths and 193,600 recoveries.

This led the police to disperse them and file a complaint against the organizers. On Saturday evening, German police broke up a demonstration against the rules of dealing with Coronavirus infection in Berlin.

The police removed several of its organizers from a platform and occupied it, amid shouts of protest. When someone resisted, the police intervened physically. The police had initially asked about 20,000 people participating in the demonstration several times to leave 17 June Street in the capital.

After initial appeals, the police spokesman warned that the protesters had become in breach of public order, and that was accompanied by cries of protest from them. However, many of the participants left the place or were distributed on the lawns adjacent to the Berlin Zoo.

The protesters, who formed the heart of the demonstration, were initially in front of the podium. The police ended the demonstration because its organizers did not adhere to health instructions to cope with the infection, nor to public health rules.

Police said on Twitter: “Based on non-compliance with public health rules, a criminal complaint was prepared against the demonstration leader.”

The number of participants in the demonstration against the restrictions of Coronavirus, 20,000, was much less than half a million, the number announced by the organizers of the demonstration under the title “End of the epidemic – Day of Freedom.”

“Day of Freedom” is the same title as the movie directed by Nazi propagandist and filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, about the Seventh Nuremberg Rally in 1935.

The crowd at the demonstration was characterized by its disparate stripes, as it brought together “free thinkers,” anti-vaccine activists, and conspiracy theorists. It also included extreme-right activists.

Jens Spahn is a German politician currently serving as Federal Minister of Health in the fourth Merkel cabinet. He is a member of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU).

Some of the participants chanted, “the biggest conspiracy theory is the COVID-19 epidemic.” Participants in a counter march insulted the participants in the demonstration, describing them as “Nazis.” Many political officials criticized the demonstration.

“Yes, it must be possible to demonstrate during the period of the virus, but not in this way,” German Health Minister Jens Spahn said. “Spacing, hygiene, and muscles protect us all; in this way, we treat each other with respect.”

While Germany has so far been relatively untouched by the epidemic that has killed 9,200 people on its soil, the authorities are warning of a slow rise in the number of infections in recent weeks. On Saturday, the number of new infections rose by 995 from the previous day, in a record number not recorded since May 9, according to the Robert Koch Health Institute.

“Thousands of covidiots are celebrating themselves in Berlin as ‘the second wave,’ without distancing, without masks,” tweeted Saskia Esken, a co-leader of the Social Democrats, the junior party in Germany’s governing coalition.

“They are not just endangering our health, they are endangering our success against the pandemic and for the revival of the economy, education and society. Irresponsible!”

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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