‘Anti-corona’ protests in Germany, 300 arrested
Published: 03:23 PM, 30 August 2020 Updated: 03:38 PM, 12 September 2020
`Anti-corona` protests in Germany; photo: AP
German Police have arrested 300 demonstrators in capital Berlin during protests against the country’s coronavirus restrictions.
Around 38,000 people took to the streets in the city for peaceful demonstrations.
Later hundreds of protesters, many from the far right, tried to storm the Reichstag, the home of Germany’s federal parliament.
A number of people were arrested and German politicians condemned the attack as “shameful” and “unacceptable”.
Some of those involved had insignia from the far-right Reichsbürger movement. Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz said: “Nazi symbols, as well as Reichsbürger and Imperial German flags, have no place in the German Bundestag.”
Earlier some 200 people were arrested at one rally, which the authorities blamed on right-wing agitators who were said to have thrown stones and bottles.
Rallies protesting against coronavirus restrictions took places in other European cities with some demonstrators calling the virus a hoax.
Similar protests took place in London, Paris, Vienna and Zurich.
So far, Germany has handled the coronavirus crisis better than many European countries. Thorough and careful testing has controlled both infection and death.
According to Worldometer data, Germany has reported 242,825 coronavirus infected cases so far; of them, 217,484 recovered and 9,363 died.
News Source: BBC