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Germany: 18 officers injured dispersing Berlin rally against coronavirus curbs

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    Germany: 18 officers injured dispersing Berlin rally against coronavirus curbs
    Berlin police said that 18 of its officers were injured, while three were hospitalized in dispersing some 20,000 people protesting anti-pandemic measures. Many participants dismissed the coronavirus as a "false alarm."

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    Berlin protest against virus curbs draws thousands
    At least 18 police officers were reportedly injured in Berlin on Saturday as they tried to break up a large gathering of people demonstrating against coronavirus restrictions, including the face mask requirement.

    Three of the officers were being treated in hospital, Berlin police said on Twitter. It had deployed 1,100 officers to monitor the rally and disperse the crowd.

    As German officials warn of soaring infection numbers, the protesters remain defiant. "The virus of freedom has reached Berlin," said one of the organizers, Michael Ballweg.


    Others chanted: "We are the second wave," as they moved through the German capital.

    Police estimated that around 17,000 marched through Berlin and a total of 20,000 attended the culmination of the event. Most of the participants were not wearing masks or observing social distancing.

    They said they could not confirm the "an exorbitantly large number" of participants thrown around on Twitter, in a likely reference to organizers claiming 1.3 million people attended the rally.

    Berlin Mayor Michael Müller also sharply criticized the protester saying they have not looked at the facts and thus risked the health of other people. He added that there was no vaccine or effective treatment yet and that the situation was not over.

    'Our freedom is being stolen'
    DW's Benjamin Alvarez reported the arrival of trucks bearing anti-masks slogans with drummers on board.


    Some protesters carried a banner calling for the arrest of US billionaire Bill Gates, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, German Health Minister Jens Spahn, and others.

    Spahn commented on the event, saying that "Yes, demonstrations must also be possible in the time of coronavirus, but not like this."

    "Distancing, hygiene rules, and face masks serve to protect all of us," he wrote on Twitter.


    Lawmaker Saskia Esken, one of the two leaders of the center-left SPD party, slammed the attendees as "covidiots."

    "Thousands of covidiots celebrate themselves in Berlin as the 'second wave' with no distancing, no masks," she said. "They are not only jeopardizing our health, they are jeopardizing our achievements against the pandemic and the revival of the economy, education, and society."


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    Protest halted

    Hours into the protest, however, plans to continue along a wide boulevard that runs through the park were shelved after a police complaint.

    Berlin police said they had launched legal action against the organizer over "non-respect of hygiene rules."

    The initial rally had only registered for 1,000 participants.

    In the late afternoon, police used loudspeakers to order demonstrators to leave the area peacefully.

    Officers also removed several organizers from the stage to shouts and boos from those attending the rally.

    When the attendees failed to move on, police told them they were committing misdemeanors, which led to further yelling and booing. Some of the participants had to be carried away by the police after refusing to leave the scene.


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    Competing protests
    DW's Leonie von Hammerstein noted a counterprotest took place, with many citizens angry at those wanting to break the rules.

    "The difference is the counterprotesters are wearing face masks, are keeping the [correct] social distance. Whereas the other protesters are not, they have been shouting 'the pandemic never happened.'


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    She then described experiencing verbal abuse from some protesters, including one man who shouted in her face.

    "He believed in conspiracy theories. He believed Bill Gates was behind the coronavirus and wants to forcefully vaccinate everybody and the German government is helping him to do that," von Hammerstein said.

    Read more: EU strikes deal with Sanofi for supply of potential COVID-19 vaccine

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    DW correspondent Leonie von Hammerstein reporting from coronavirus protests in Berlin
    Getting tough on rule-breakers

    The protests took place on the same day that German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said he wanted tougher action on COVID-19 rule breakers.

    "Anyone who deliberately endangers others must expect that this will have serious consequences for him," Altmaier said.

    CSU leader Markus Söder has opposed further relaxation of restrictions as the number of new infections continues to rise. "We must expect coronavirus to come back on us with full force", the Bavarian Minister-President told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

    "Many people have unfortunately become more reckless in dealing with the virus," he said.

    The number of infections in Germany has been on the rise recently, with 955 new cases recorded on Saturday and 870 on Friday.

    The surge has been attributed to the public becoming negligent on hygiene and social distancing rules, according to the Robert Koch Institute, the German government's disease control and prevention agency.

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    Just wow. That protest has already infected thousands of people.
     
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    These protests reminds me stereotypes like 'Germans strictly sensitive for public order'...but, Stupidity is becoming a global problem and growing faster than we think.
     
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    it means stupid people exist all over the globe.
     
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    Bunch of idiots, oh wait, much much idiots! Neo nazi's, anti vacciner's etc etc.
     
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    Democracy is overrated
     
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    1. Me personally saw more than 80000, but me only was one hour there and only in a part at the far end of the demo. Some say there were over 200000. There are enough vids where you can see that the german media lies as always - by numbers and anything else.

    2. The people stay till late evening despite the police close the demo. There are vids from the demo at 21:30 and later where you can see still lots of people. German media also lied here.

    3. On this great demo there were NO ONE injured and NO riots. In real there was another small demo from the antifa idiots in an other part of Berlin at the same day and THERE were the injured people and the riot. You can read it here

    https://www.bz-berlin.de/berlin/neu...elln-gegen-raeumung-von-szene-kneipe-syndikat

    4. You cant trust german media if the report over anti government protests. Mostly they do not report anything about such protests, but if they, then they lie always.
     
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    Arrogant people want to make us like American in coronavirus cases. Follow the rules and this wouldnt happen.
     
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    Sweden one of the countries that lost the most compared to its population. (8th Country.)

    Germany 41st country...
     
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    Bill gates need to answer now. I am with these protestors.
     
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    And Uganda is best in anti corona with a death rate of less than 1 per 1 Million. So what does it mean?
     
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    You give baseless example. Are the statistics of Sweden and statistics of Uganda same quality? Sweden and Germany's statistics are more or less the same quality. It is therefore comparable.
     
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    Its called "sarcasm".

    Every corona data of every country has different quality. Some do more tests, some less, some let the coroner inspect every death case. Some not. Some do say "corona dead" if the dead has corona but died by for example by cancer or other deadly illness what they had too, but its counted as "corona death". This happend a lot in Italy, France and in other countries in the beginning. In Germany every corona death case was inspected and so it is sorted out to "death with corona" and "death by corona". And that is why the "death by corona per 100000" is that low in Germany and that is why in other countries like Italy, France or also Great Britain the numbers are so high - cause the counting was very different in the first 3 month and is still different in every country.

    But you sure know it but wont say it, even you know what is going on in Turkey.

    I dont care.
     
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    Also:

    In the flu season 2017/2018 in Germany died 25100 people by a normal flu. No lockdown. No masks. Cause it is normal flu and 10000+ dead people by normal flu are normal numbers in germany.

    https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/106375/Grippewelle-war-toedlichste-in-30-Jahren

    And now take a look at the corona death numbers. Not even reach the 10000. So if you are not total ignorant, you must say that corona is not that heavy as media want it to be.
     
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