World "Return of freedoms!" In Berlin, the "anticorona" in the street

19:05  01 august  2020
19:05  01 august  2020 Source:   parismatch.com

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Saturday in Berlin, several thousand demonstrators demanded the abolition of restrictive measures to fight the Covid-19.


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Estimated at some 17,000 by the police, the participants in this motley procession bringing together "free thinkers", anti-vaccine activists, conspirators or even far-right sympathizers, were ultimately much less numerous than the 500,000 announced by the organizers of this mobilization entitled " the end of the pandemic - Freedom Day ". Among those who were heading in the heat towards the Brandenburg Gate, several chanted "we are the second wave", "resistance" or "the biggest conspiracy theory is the pandemic of the new coronavirus".

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Few of them wore a mask, according to an AFP journalist, and the physical distancing of five feet normally required was not respected.

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"If physical distancing cannot be applied, we will continue to speak to the organizer of the event and this may indeed lead to the dissolution of the event", warned the spokesperson of the police of the German capital Thilo Cablitz.

Shortly after, and despite repeated calls from the police asking demonstrators using megaphones to respect barrier gestures, the police announced on Twitter that they had "filed a complaint" against the organizer of the event due to "non-compliance with hygiene rules".

"I see no danger at all with the virus"

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"It's a pure fear tactic: I don't see any danger with the virus at all. I don't know other sick people. I have known a lot of sick people in March, skiers, vacationers, there Something was really happening in February, but now there are no more sick, "Iris Bitzenmeier told AFP.

An opinion shared by Anna-Maria Wetzel, who arrived with about fifteen friends from Baden-Württemberg (southwest) where she has already participated in several similar gatherings in Stuttgart. “People who don't educate themselves, unlike us, remain ignorant and believe what the government is telling them. They go into fear that the government is putting in our heads. And fear weakens the immune system, "she claims.

Several counter-demonstrators, including a procession of "grandmothers against the extreme right", called these militants "Nazis".

The motto of the protest, "Freedom Day", is also the title of a film by Nazi director Leni Riefenstahl on Adolf Hitler's NSDAP party conference in 1935.

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Several politicians criticized this mobilization.

Saskia Esken, head of the Social Democrats, a minority party in the government coalition with Angela Merkel's conservatives, criticized these "Covidiots". "Without distance, without mask: they do not only endanger our health, but also our success against the pandemic and for the revival of the economy, education and society. Irresponsible!", A- she writes on Twitter.

Jan Redmann, leader of the CDU in the Parliament of the Land of Brandenburg, estimated on this same social network: "1,000 new infections per day again and in Berlin there are demonstrations against anti-coronavirus measures? We can no longer allow ourselves these dangerous absurdities ".

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer showed him more understanding towards them in an interview with Passauer Neue Presse: "Of course, there are always different opinions when it comes to encroachments on fundamental rights and restrictions on liberty. But first of all, this is normal and then, in my opinion, it is not the majority ".

If Germany has so far been rather spared by the pandemic which has killed less than 9,200 people, the authorities are alarmed by a slow resumption of infections. Their number increased by 955 on Saturday from the previous day, a level that had not been reached since May 9, according to the Robert Koch Health Institute.

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