Thousands hit the streets in Berlin to protest against COVID-19 curbs
BERLIN (GERMANY) – Thousands took to the streets in the Geman capital on Saturday to protest against the restrictions put in place to halt the spread of coronavirus. Protesters said they violated freedoms and personal rights.
According to police, the protesters numbered almost 15,000 and it included libertarians, constitutional loyalists and sceptics. Members of the far-right were also present with the imperial banner.
Demonstrators sang ‘We are free people!’ to the tune of rock band Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’. Some sported placards saying ‘We are making a noise because you are stealing our freedom!’ and ‘Do think! Don’t wear a mask!’.
The agitations were called by Michael Ballweg, an entrepreneur and political outsider who has organised similar rallies in Stuttgart. He is running for the Mayor of the southwestern city.
“Our demand is to return to democracy,” said a protester. “The mask that enslaves us must go.”
Many of them appeared without face coverings.
The country has been less severely hit by the virus with more than 200,000 infected by COVID-19 and nearly 1,000 fatalities. However, cases are on the rise.
Though most people are supporting the restrictions, a minority is against the curbs, saying they are crushing diversity of thought.
“Only a few scientists around the world who follow the government’s lead are heard,” said protester Peter Konz. Those who hold different views “are silenced, censored or discredited as defenders of conspiracy theories”.
(Photos syndicated via Reuters)
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