Thousands converge in Berlin to protest Germany’s coronavirus restrictions

Thousands converge in Berlin to protest Germany’s coronavirus restrictions

Thousands of people in the German capital Berlin are taking part in a protest against the country’s coronavirus restrictions.

The demonstrators say the measures, including the wearing of facemasks, violate their rights and freedoms.

Germany has been less badly affected by the pandemic than some European countries, but cases are starting to rise again.

On Friday it recorded more than 900 new cases and seven deaths.
Official estimates say at least 15,000 people are taking part in the protests, which is being called “The Day of Freedom”.

Protesters held up banners featuring such slogans as “Corona, false alarm”, “We are being forced to wear a muzzle”.

Within a few hours, however, plans to continue the rally along a wide boulevard that runs through the park were shelved after a police complaint.
Berlin police said they had launched legal action against the organizer over “non-respect of hygiene rules.”
The rally had only registered for 1,000 participants but, at one point, police estimated that 20,000 people were in attendance.

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