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in Berlin, hundreds of "anticorona" demonstrators make their voices heard

A number of thousand demonstrators gathered in Berlin demanded, on Saturday, the abolition of restrictive measures to fight Covid-19. For lack of masks and to respect bodily distancing, they had been dispersed by the police, who additionally filed a grievance towards the organizer.

"Placed on the masks", "no obligatory vaccination", "return of freedoms!" … In Berlin, a number of thousand demonstrators demanded, Saturday August 1, the abolition of the restrictive measures put in place to combat the Covid- 19. Estimated at some 20,000 by the police, the demonstrators ended up being dispersed by the police, failing to put on masks.

The contributors on this motley procession bringing collectively "free thinkers", anti-vaccine activists, conspirators and even far-right sympathizers, had been a lot much less quite a few than the 500,000 introduced by the organizers of this mobilization entitled "The top of the pandemic – Day of the liberty".

The Berlin police have filed a grievance towards the organizer

"We’re the second wave", "Resistance" and even "the largest conspiracy principle is the pandemic of the brand new coronavirus", notably chanted the demonstrators underneath a blazing solar.

Within the crowd, few of them wore a masks, in accordance with an AFP journalist, and the bodily distance of 5 toes usually required was not revered.

After a number of warnings from the police requiring contributors to respect barrier gestures, they determined to dissolve the demonstration on the finish of the afternoon.

"Please transfer away shortly and if attainable alone or in small teams from the outdated gathering place," tweeted the Berlin police, who earlier had already indicated that they’d filed a grievance towards the organizer of the occasion due to the "non- compliance with hygiene guidelines ".

"There are not any extra sick"

In response to the demonstrators, these measures ought to disappear. Certainly, for them, the well being disaster is now over.

"It’s a pure tactic of worry: I don’t see any hazard in any respect with the virus," Iris Bitzenmeier informed AFP. "I don't know different sick folks. I knew a variety of sick folks in March, skiers, vacationers, one thing was actually taking place in February, however now there are not any extra sick".

An opinion shared by Anna-Maria Wetzel, arrived with about fifteen associates from Baden-Württemberg (southwest) the place she has already participated in a number of related gatherings in Stuttgart.

“Individuals who don't educate themselves, in contrast to us, stay ignorant and imagine what the federal government is telling them. They go into worry that the federal government is placing in our heads. And worry weakens the immune system, "she claims.

A number of counter-demonstrators, together with a procession of “grandmothers towards the acute proper”, referred to as these activists “Nazis”.

The motto of the protest, "Freedom Day", can be the title of a movie by Nazi director Leni Riefenstahl about Adolf Hitler's NSDAP occasion convention in 1935.


A number of politicians have criticized this mobilization. Saskia Esken, head of the Social Democrats, a minority occasion within the authorities coalition with Angela Merkel's conservatives, criticized these "Covidiots".

"With out distance, with out masks: they don’t solely endanger our well being, but in addition our success towards the pandemic and for the revival of the economic system, schooling and society. Irresponsible!", A- she writes on Twitter.

Well being Minister Jens Spahn adopted swimsuit. "Sure, protests must be attainable in occasions of coronavirus as nicely, however not like this. Distance, hygiene guidelines and masks serve to guard us all; this fashion we deal with one another with respect."

Inside Minister Horst Seehofer confirmed him extra understanding of them in an interview with the Passauer Neue Presse: "After all, there are all the time completely different opinions in relation to infringements of rights. fundamentals and restrictions on freedom. However initially, it’s regular after which, in my view, it’s not the bulk ".

If Germany has to this point been quite spared from the pandemic which has killed lower than 9,200 folks, the authorities are alarmed by a sluggish resumption of infections. On Saturday, their quantity elevated by 955 from yesterday, a stage that had not been reached since Might 9, in accordance with the Robert Koch Well being Institute.

With AFP