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

00:05  02 august  2020
00:05  02 august  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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Berlin (AP) -- Thousands of protesters against German coronavirus restrictions converged Saturday in Berlin for a demonstration proclaiming “the end of A crowd of people whistling and cheering, and with few masks in sight, marched through downtown Berlin from the Brandenburg Gate ahead of a

Around 15,000 protesters , refusing to wear face masks and not complying with the social distancing rules, called for an end to the COVID - 19 restrictions . Police had repeatedly urged the demonstrators to abide by the social distancing rules. Organized by coronavirus deniers and neo-Nazi activists, the

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 view of a city: Thousands attend a protest against coronavirus restrictions at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Saturday, August 1. © Markus Schreiber/AP Thousands attend a protest against coronavirus restrictions at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Saturday, August 1.

A march earlier Saturday that was criticized by police for not adhering to rules on social distancing and face masks was halted by organizers.

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The protest took place amid calls for tougher penalties for COVID - 19 rule breakers. Despite infections soaring once again in Germany and fears of a potential second wave, thousands of protesters gathered in Berlin on Saturday to demonstrate against coronavirus restrictions .

BERLIN (Reuters) - Thousands of demonstrators rallied in Berlin on Saturday to protest against measures imposed in Germany to stem the coronavirus But a vocal minority is chafing against the restrictions , saying they are crushing diversity of thought and doing untold social and economic harm.

The march, which was named by organizers as "Day of Freedom -- The End of the Pandemic," included anti-vaccine groups and some far-right and neo-Nazi organizations. On livestreams of the event, some protesters could be heard yelling, "We are the second wave."

Current coronavirus guidelines in Germany stipulate that people must maintain a distance of 1.5 meters, or about 5 feet. Where that is not possible, face masks must be worn. Berlin police said on Twitter that most of the protesters were not adhering to social distancing rules or wearing masks.

"Our colleagues are using loud speakers to urge the adherence to the rules. We are also documenting non-compliance for possible later prosecution," Berlin police tweeted, adding that a criminal complaint was filed against one of the march's organizers for not adhering to hygiene rules.

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Thousands of demonstrators protesting against German coronavirus restrictions converged on Saturday in Berlin . A crowd of people, whistling and cheering and with few masks in sight, marched through downtown Berlin from the Brandenburg Gate ahead of a rally on a wide boulevard that runs

Demonstrators in Berlin , Germany, August 1, 2020. © REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch. The protest attracted a variety of activists, including right-wing elements spotted carrying Germany’s imperial The country has eased its lockdown restrictions but still requires masks on public transport and in shops.

Police warned the roughly 17,000 protesters who participated in the march they would only be allowed to participate in the demonstration if they wore face coverings and maintained social distance.

A livestream from the protest showed almost no one wearing a face mask, although the master of ceremonies told the crowd from the stage to maintain physical distance so as not to give the authorities "a pretext" for breaking up the event.

Germany recorded 955 new coronavirus infections in a 24-hour time span for the first time since the beginning of May, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute, Germany's agency for disease control and prevention.

The data was published Saturday morning but reflects Friday's numbers. The last time Germany recorded a higher number of new coronavirus cases was in May.

The German government has been warning about a new spike in coronavirus cases after the pandemic had largely been brought under control.

Thousands protest in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions

  Thousands protest in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions 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. © Provided by Associated Press Thousands march along the 'Friedrichstrasse' during the demonstration against corona measures in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. The initiative "Querdenken 711" has called for this. The motto of the demonstration is "The end of the pandemic - Freedom Day".

Thousands of people have gathered in Berlin to protest against coronavirus restrictions as cases rise in Infection figures have crept up over the past few weeks and officials have warned against "The latest developments of COVID - 19 cases are a source of great concern for me and for all of us at the

Thousands of people protested Germany's coronavirus restrictions Saturday in a Berlin demonstration that Protests against anti-virus restrictions in Germany have long drawn a variety of attendees The country's death toll - just over 9,150 people out of more than 210,670 confirmed virus cases as of A demonstrator waves a banner reading 'Freedom' in front of the Brandenburg Gate .

The institute says lax enforcement of social distancing and hygiene rules as well as travelers returning from abroad are to blame for the steep rise in cases.

Germany's economy minister Peter Altmaier said in a Twitter post on Saturday that this new number is "alarming"

"Especially since it is not large 'hot spots' but smaller clusters of infections. The main risks need to clearly be named so that a more targeted prevention becomes possible," Altmaier wrote.

Starting Saturday, all travelers coming to Germany will be able to get free coronavirus tests up 72 hours after arrival, according to a new directive from Germany's health ministry.

For the latest on the coronavirus pandemic, go here.

a crowd of people walking on a city street: Protesters march down Berlin's Friedrichstrasse during a demonstration against Covid-19 restrictions. © John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images Protesters march down Berlin's Friedrichstrasse during a demonstration against Covid-19 restrictions. a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Protesters, mostly unmasked, attend a rally in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions. © Christoph Soeder/Picture Alliance/Getty images Protesters, mostly unmasked, attend a rally in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions.

Beware of this fake photo of the "anticoronavirus" demonstration in Berlin .
A photo posted on Facebook claims to show the crowd gathered during an "anticoronavirus" demonstration in Berlin this summer © John MACDOUGALL / AFP A German school, the August 3, 2020.

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