Germany Bans Follow Up to Berlin’s Gigantic Demonstration Against the New Normal
Thousands of police to be put on the streets to prevent it
Officials in Berlin are banning demonstrations against coronavirus prevention measures, calling the protests themselves a breach of social distancing rules. Authorities noted one protest occurring on Aug. 1 during which demonstrators flouted measures such as social distancing and mask requirements, The Associated Press reported.
That protest against pandemic measures garnered nearly 15,000 marchers in the street, with demonstrators holding signs that read “Corona, false alarm” and chanting “We’re here and we’re loud, because we are being robbed of our freedom.”
“We need to weigh the basic right of freedom of assembly against the sanctity of life,” said Andreas Geisel, Berlin’s top security official. “We chose life.” Georg Pazderski, the leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany party, criticized the ban, saying it is disproportionate and unjustified. An organizer of one of the protests said it would attempt to appeal the ban.
Source: The Hill
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