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Germans protested COVID-19 restrictions, tried to storm Parliament in Berlin


Far-right activists stormed a massive rally against anti-coronavirus restrictions in Berlin

Social upheaval in the German capital.

A group of protesters tried to storm the Reichstag, the German Parliament, amid massive protests against restrictive measures to slow the advance of the coronavirus.

The incident has been condemned by politicians across the ideological spectrum.

Protesters, many supporters of the far right, they skipped the security cordon and climbed the steps of Parliament until the police dispersed them.

The Interior Minister declared that there is “zero tolerance” with this type of behavior.

Around 38,00 people participated in the demonstration, which was largely peaceful.

What happened in the German Parliament?

Those who tried to break into the Reichstag carried the flag of the former German Empire. This insignia is frequently worn by a far-right group called the Reichsbürger.

According to the police, hundreds of them managed to pass the police cordon and ran to the entrance of the building.

It was when the skirmish broke out and the police deployment dispersed the mobilization using pepper spray. Several people were arrested.

The police were criticized for the shortage of troops, but they defended themselves saying that “they could not be everywhere all the time.”

The Reichstag is the seat of our Parliament and the symbolic center of our democracy. It is intolerable that troublemakers and extremists misappropriate it for their purposes, ”declared Interior Minister Horst Seehofer.

His sentence was joined by that of President Frank Walter and that of the Social Democratic Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

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The police cleared the entrance to the Reichstag.

What happened during the demonstration?

In principle, the protest had been vetoed, but a court order allowed it to go ahead on the condition that protection measures against the virus such as the use of masks and respect for social distance be taken.

About 300 people were arrested at various points in Berlin. Two hundred of them after far-right agitators threw stones and bottles near the Brandenburg Gate, one of the most recognizable historical symbols of the German capital.

Throughout the day, the police dispersed the demonstration because the measures against the coronavirus were not being respected.

The protesters crowded into various locations.

Attila Hildmann in Berlin

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Attila Hildmann addressed the protesters near the Russian embassy.

Among those arrested was conspiratorialist Attila Hildman, who motivated the masses using a loudspeaker.

Although at the moment Germany is not facing a new wave of coronavirus cases like other countries in Europe, your infection rate is on the rise. The number of new cases is reaching levels not seen since April.

Who organized the protests?

The demonstration was organized by the Querdebken 711 movement. This group is based in the city of Sttutgart, has more than 16,000 followers on Facebook and communicates through encrypted messages on the instant messaging service Telegram.

The group considers that the regulations violate basic rights and freedoms protected in the German Constitution.

The protests also won the support of Robert F. Kennedy Junior, anti-vaccine activist and son of Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of US President John F. Kennedy, both assassinated in the past.

Slogans and flags linked to the Qanon conspiracy theory have also been seen at the demonstration.

Protestant in Berlin.

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The protests attracted different groups.

Families and children attended the demonstration. Some people said they simply wanted to preserve the right to protest.

Individuals also took to the streets recriminating the protests. About 100 people shouted at the participants that “they were marching alongside Nazis and fascists,” according to the RBB network.

How are the anticovid-19 measures in Germany?

The country has been one of the most effective in preventing, detecting, containing and treating the epidemic.

Until this Sunday, August 30, it had registered about 242,000 cases and 9,297 deaths, far from the figures of countries such as Russia, the United Kingdom, Spain, France and Italy.

Authorities relaxed social distancing measures in early April, but continued to track infections, which are now on the rise.

This Thursday, Chancellor Angela Merkel imposed a minimum fine of US $ 60 for not wearing face masks at mandatory times.

Also, mass public events are banned until next year.

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