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World Thousands gather for 'end of the pandemic' protest in Berlin, ignore coronavirus safety measures

17:50  01 august  2020
17:50  01 august  2020 Source:   foxnews.com

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.

Berlin (AP) -- Thousands of protesters against German coronavirus restrictions converged Saturday in Berlin for a demonstration proclaiming “the end of the pandemic ” has arrived just as authorities voice increasing concern about an upturn in new infections. A crowd of people whistling and cheering

Ignoring social distancing rules, protesters waved placards that read "Corona, false second wave, thousands of protesters gathered in Berlin on Saturday to demonstrate against coronavirus "At least 15,000 people have gathered for their "Day of freedom, the end of the pandemic " as they call it."

Thousands gathered in Berlin on Saturday to protest coronavirus restrictions as authorities raise concerns about a rise in new infections.

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The demonstration, called “The end of the pandemic – freedom day,” drew people from various parts of Germany after weeks of planning. Police used bullhorns to ask participants to adhere to safety precautions, including social distancing and wearing masks.

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 — Protesters against coronavirus restrictions have gathered in Berlin for a demonstration titled “The end of the pandemic — freedom day.” The country has been easing lockdown measures since late April but social-distancing rules remain in place, as does a requirement to wear masks in

Thousands of demonstrators rallied in Berlin on Saturday to protest against measures imposed in Germany to stem the coronavirus The loose gathering , estimated by police at 15,000, included libertarians, constitutional loyalists and sceptics of the science behind policies to fight the pandemic .

“We’re here and we’re loud, because we are being robbed of our freedom,” the crowd chanted. The protesters held up signs with phrases such as “We are being forced to wear a muzzle,” “Natural defense instead of vaccination” and “Corona, false alarm.”

Previous protests have drawn attendees of all sorts, notably including right-wing populists and conspiracy theorists.

The recent protest was largely devoid of the standard safety measures that the government has enforced, with many refusing to wear masks or keep their distance.

Overall, Germany’s approach to handling the pandemic has been viewed as largely successful. The country has had a relatively lower death rate compared to other nations, with just over 9,000 deaths out of around 210,000 infections.

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But the nation has seen an increase in infections in recent weeks, registering 955 cases on Friday. The government has made testing free for people re-entering the country, concerned that trips abroad might be fueling a resurgence of the virus.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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