During the rally, law enforcement officers have suffered.
In the German capital Berlin, August 1, to protest against coronavirus restrictions left thousands of people. Almost all the protesters were not masked and did not respect the social distance, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to the Channel 24.
Action against COVID-19-restrictions in Berlin
Protests were held in several districts of the German capital. Kicked off the procession at 12:00 local time (13:00 Kyiv time) on the Boulevard Unter den Linden, and after the actions took place in front of the Reichstag and the Brandenburg gate.
The event was held under the slogan “the End of the pandemic, the Day of freedom”. And some shouted: “We are the second wave!”, “Resistance!”, at the same time, protesters called for “freedom” and claimed that “the biggest conspiracy theory – pandemic coronavirus”.
Protestors from across Germany are starting to gather in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg gate for a “Day of Freedom”, they want to declare the “end of the pandemic”. Among the ones who have mobilised for the protest: conspiracy theorists, anti-vaxxers & right-wing extremists.#b0108 pic.twitter.com/XPbjShqiom
— Leonie Hammerstein (@hammerstein_leo) August 1, 2020
The police, for their part, urged people to disperse. According to the German TV channel RBB 24 were clashes between police and some protesters. In particular, eyewitnesses say that during the campaign, dressed in black, the unknown in the mask attacked one of the audience. In addition, one of the groups present tried to enter the hotel underground Parking. About the detainees are not reported. Interestingly, for all the police officers watched from helicopters.
Since fees on Unter den Linden was very crowded, our colleagues have convincingly pointed out the need to keep your distance and wear masks
— reported in the press service of the Berlin police.
According to German media reports, the number of participants as of 15:00 Kyiv time was 15 thousand people, and in the evening increased to 20 thousand. Therefore militiamen decided to complete the rally, as the participants did not fulfill sanitary regulations. Tagesspiegel writes that the only people in the centre of Berlin, which cover the nose and mouth, the press and the police.
As reported by the local newspaper Berliner Morgenpost, one of the organizers of the campaign by the initiative Querdenken 711 from Stuttgart (Baden-württemberg), which States that works to protect fundamental freedoms. According to the publication, it includes mainly the conspiracy theorists, right-wing extremists and those who deny the existence of the new coronavirus.
The Berlin Senator for internal Affairs Andreas Geisel, for his part, noticed that a number of participants wanted to take the German capital on buses from Baden-württemberg. At the Federal level to join the campaign have also called various neo-Nazi groups.
The situation with coronavirus in Germany: a brief
- According to the Institute Robert Koch, from the beginning of the epidemic in Berlin discovered 9 274 case COVID-19, 223 people died.
- In General in Germany as of August 1 005 211 people were infected with coronavirus, 192 636 patients were able to recover and 9 154 people died.
- Note that in the country since the end of July see a jump in the incidence of COVID-19. Coefficient of infection (or index reproduction), which is referred to as R, July 29, exceeded the unit: this means that one carrier of a virus on average infect more than one healthy person.
- Experts suggest that a possible reason for the growth of R are holidaymakers who have returned from abroad.