Protesters filled the German capital again on Saturday to demonstrate against the government’s measures against coronaviruses, despite bans on several gatherings.
Police had banned nine protests scheduled for Saturday, including one from the Stuttgart-based Querdenker movement, Germany’s most visible anti-lockdown movement, which brought together a disparate mix of those who oppose vaccinations, coronavirus deniers and to right-wing extremists. A court ruled in favor of authorizing an event, scheduled for 500 people, on Saturday and Sunday.
Yet, as in the last round of protests in early August, thousands of people have ignored the bans and have come forward to express their opposition to the government measures. With chants of “We are the people!” the demonstrators crossed the Berlin neighborhoods of Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte.
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More than 2,000 police were stationed in the city to respond to those who showed up despite the bans. During a protest on Saturday night in Mitte, German media reported that police used pepper spray to disperse a crowd who did not want to leave after the protest ended. Eventually the crowd cleared up when it started to rain.
Meanwhile, a counter-demonstration accompanied by techno music also drew several thousand people. These protesters support government restrictions to slow the spread of the virus and oppose the Querdenker movement, highlighting Berlin’s diversity and advocating for more social cohesion.
Berlin police said they dispersed the counter-protesters when the crowd grew too large to allow social distancing.
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Saturday’s protests came amid a debate in Germany over whether to impose restrictions on unvaccinated people, an issue increasingly urgent as daily infections increase. Germany reported 10,303 new daily infections on Saturday, up more than 2,000 from last week.
Similar protests took place in Berlin in early August, which resulted in clashes with police and hundreds of people arrested.
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