A public protest in Berlin was ceased by the police due to violations of Covid-19 safety guidelines. The gathering comprised of people who disagreed with the German government’s implementation of protocols for the pandemic.
The streets of Berlin crawled with around 30,000 protesters last Saturday for a public demonstration showing their detest of the recently imposed guidelines in the prevention of transmission of a disease that they believe to be a hoax. It was initially a peaceful protest, until people weren’t anymore following social distancing rules. Not all who joined wore masks and not much distance was observed.
Placards and flags were raised as the protesters headed to Branderburg gate where the last part of the demonstration was to be held, with an expected attendance of 20,000 people coming from all over Europe. Among the graphics on the placards were pictures of German government officials, with the addition of the word ‘guilty’ written on it.
Berlin police was left with no choice but to put an end to the gathering. They informed the demonstration’s leader that there would be police intervention due to their inability to comply with prevention measures.
The protest was ended due to “non-compliance with the distance regulations according to the Infection Protection Act, despite constant requests by the meeting management & our colleagues." 3,000 cops were tasked to keep the order and peace during the event and ensure the rules imposed to control virus transmission were followed.
The demonstration was supposedly forbidden by the state government of Berlin earlier that week due to safety concerns but it was overruled by the court on Friday, which made it push through the following day. The court issued a statement allowing the demonstration to be held provided the facilitators comply with the terms that were set.
Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel was able to contain the coronavirus outbreak in the country, with immediate response through implementation of lockdowns and mass testing. It has proven to be effective in all fairness, since the country has been having relatively low cases for the past few months. There have been 243,016 total confirmed cases as of Sunday, with 9,363 deaths and 217, 484 recoveries according to Worldometers.