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World Thousands march in Berlin to protest coronavirus curbs

16:06  01 august  2020
16:06  01 august  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Berlin protest: Large demonstrations at Brandenburg Gate over Covid-19 restrictions

  Berlin protest: Large demonstrations at Brandenburg Gate over Covid-19 restrictions A large crowd of far-right groups gathered for a "sit-in" at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate on Saturday to protest against the German government's coronavirus restrictions.A large crowd of far-right groups gathered for a "sit-in" at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate on Saturday to protest against the German government's coronavirus restrictions.

BERLIN (Reuters) - Thousands of demonstrators rallied in Berlin on Saturday to protest against measures imposed in Germany to stem the coronavirus Demonstrators march during a protest against the government's restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Berlin

Thousands march along the 'Friedrichstrasse' during the demonstration against coronavirus measures in Berlin - Copyright Christoph Soeder/dpa Thousands of people have gathered in Berlin to protest against coronavirus restrictions as cases rise in Germany. A crowd of people, many not

BERLIN (Reuters) - Thousands of demonstrators rallied in Berlin on Saturday to protest against measures imposed in Germany to stem the coronavirus pandemic, saying they violated people's rights and freedoms.

a crowd of people walking on a city street: Demonstration against the government's restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Berlin © Reuters/FABRIZIO BENSCH Demonstration against the government's restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Berlin

The loose gathering, estimated by police at 15,000, included libertarians, constitutional loyalists and sceptics of the science behind policies to fight the pandemic. There was also a small far-right presence with some marchers carrying Germany's imperial flag.

Thousands of Germans protest against coronavirus restrictions

  Thousands of Germans protest against coronavirus restrictions Demonstration drawing vaccination opponents and conspiracy theorists ended by police over non-adherence to health rules.The crowds rallying in central Berlin on Saturday comprised an array of groups including opponents of vaccinations and conspiracy theorists, among others. There was also a small far right presence with some marchers carrying Germany's black, white and red imperial flag.

Ruptly is live as protesters march in Berlin on Saturday, August 1, under the slogan 'End of the The protests come amid a recent increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the measures in March , in order to curb the spread of the virus.

Protesters are calling for Berlin 's government to seize properties from private landlords. Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Berlin to protest against rising rent prices. Estimates say housing costs in the German capital have doubled over the past 10 years.

a group of people walking in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Demonstration against the government's restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Berlin © Reuters/FABRIZIO BENSCH Demonstration against the government's restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Berlin

Protesters danced and sang 'We are free people!' to the tune of rock band Queen's 'We Will Rock You'. Others marched with placards saying 'We are making a noise because you are stealing our freedom!' and 'Do think! Don't wear a mask!'.

a group of people walking on a city street: Demonstration against the government's restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Berlin © Reuters/FABRIZIO BENSCH Demonstration against the government's restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Berlin

The protests followed a rallying call from Michael Ballweg, an entrepreneur and political outsider who has organised similar rallies in Stuttgart and is running to become mayor of the southwestern city.

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Germany: Thousands of protesters slam isolation measures Demonstrators gathered in Berlin , Munich, Stuttgart and other German cities to decry

Thousands of demonstrators are expected to gather in Berlin at the weekend to protest against restrictions introduced to dampen the spread of coronavirus . Under the umbrella title ‘End of the pandemic – the Day of Freedom’ diverse groups from the extreme left and right, including anti-vaxers

"Our demand is to return to democracy," said one protester who declined to give his name. "The mask that enslaves us must go."

He, like most of the protesters, was not wearing a face mask.

Germany has been less severely hit than some other European countries, with more than 200,000 infected by COVID-19 and nearly 1,000 dying from it. After initial success in curbing infections, they are starting to rise again.

a group of people walking in front of a crowd: Demonstration against the government's restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Berlin © Reuters/FABRIZIO BENSCH Demonstration against the government's restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Berlin

Most people have respected measures that include wearing face masks in shops, while the government has just imposed mandatory tests for holidaymakers returning from high-risk areas.

But a vocal minority is chafing against the restrictions, saying they are crushing diversity of thought and doing untold social and economic harm.

Disgruntled fair workers protest renewed Belgium coronavirus restrictions

  Disgruntled fair workers protest renewed Belgium coronavirus restrictions Disgruntled fair workers protest renewed Belgium coronavirus restrictionsBRUSSELS (Reuters) - Workers hauling more than 400 truckloads of fairground rides and equipment halted traffic for hours in Brussels on Friday, honking to protest a ban on a huge summer fair that has been barred from opening amid a spike in COVID-19 infections.

Thousands of demonstrators are expected to gather in Berlin at the weekend to protest against restrictions introduced to dampen the spread of coronavirus . Under the umbrella title ‘End of the pandemic – the Day of Freedom’ diverse groups from the extreme left and right, including anti-vaxers

Thousands of demonstrators are expected to gather in Berlin at the weekend to protest against restrictions introduced to dampen the spread of coronavirus . The main gathering is expected to take place at the Brandenburg Gate in the centre of Berlin , before participants march down the wide ‘17.

"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".

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Demonstration against the government's restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Berlin © Reuters/CHRISTIAN MANG Demonstration against the government's restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Berlin

(Reporting by Reuters TV, Writing by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Giles Elgood)

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BERLIN (AP) — Seven people were injured in the German capital early Sunday morning after a driver apparently lost control of his car and drove into pedestrians, authorities said. The incident occurred shortly after 7 a.m. in Berlin's Hardenbergplatz, outside the Zoological Garden train station. Berlin's fire department said on Twitter that three of the pedestrians sustained serious injuries, and that a rescue helicopter was deployed to help. One had to be reanimated at the scene, the fire department said.

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