Scuffles In Berlin As Covid Sceptics Defy Protest Ban
Umer Jamshaid 2 months ago Mon 02nd August 2021 | 02:10 AM
Berlin, Aug 1 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 2nd Aug, 2021 ) :Thousands of anti-lockdown demonstrators defied a court-ordered protest ban on Sunday and gathered in the streets of Berlin, resulting in scuffles with police.
Several people were arrested, they added.
Judges had banned several of its planned demos this weekend, including one for Sunday that was expected to draw some 22,500 people.
The court said it could not allow the rallies to go ahead over fears that participants would flout rules on mask wearing and social distancing, at a time when Germany's infection numbers are on the rise again.
Berlin police deployed more than 2,000 officers in riot gear across the city, in anticipation of protesters ignoring the ban.
Some of the demonstrators held up signs saying "Freedom" and "No to the corona dictatorship", with few masks seen among them.
Protests by Germany's Querdenker movement have attracted thousands, at times tens of thousands, but are often broken up early for violating virus rules. Several of the demos have descended into violence.
Germany's domestic intelligence service announced in April that it was placing some Querdenker members under observation over concerns they have ties to right-wing extremism.