The rally against coronavirus restrictions in Berlin gathered 20 thousand people. The demonstration was completed after the police forcibly removed the organizers from the stage. The DPA Agency with reference to law enforcement reported on Saturday.
Several protests were held in the German capital: first, a March took place in the city center, after which the demonstrators gathered on the Street on June 17 in the Tiergarten district. 17 thousand people took part in March, and 20 thousand people gathered at the final point of the route.
Law enforcement agencies noted that the demonstrators do not adhere to the current rules: they did not observe a distance of 1.5 m and did not wear protective masks.
As reported by the local newspaper Berliner Morgenpost, one of the organizers of the action was the initiative Querdenken 711 from Stuttgart (Baden-Württemberg), claiming to protect fundamental freedoms. According to the publication, it includes mainly supporters of conspiracy theories, right-wing extremists, and deniers of the existence of a new coronavirus.
According to the Berlin Senator for internal Affairs Andreas Geisel, a number of participants were going to be taken to the German capital on buses from Baden-Württemberg. At the Federal level, various neo-nazi groups also called for joining the action.
The campaign was held against the background of an increase in the number of people infected with the coronavirus. Over the past 24 hours, the infection was detected in 955 people. The daily increase ranges from 600 to 1000 cases this week, the rate was last recorded in Germany in June. During the entire epidemic in Germany, 209,653 people were infected, 9,148 patients died, and about 193,000 recovered.