Pandemic in Germany: tens of thousands of participants in corona protests

WIn the weeks before, tens of thousands of people across Germany demonstrated again on Monday evening against corona measures and a possible compulsory vaccination. According to an estimate based on police information, this time there were more than 70,000. The protests were accompanied by a large police presence and in some places by counter-demonstrations. Meetings were broken up several times, for example in Rostock and Cottbus, because the police could not find a leader or because the mask requirement was violated and no mouth and nose protection was worn.

According to the police, 21,000 demonstrators against the Corona policy were counted on Monday evening in Thuringia alone, around 14,000 in Bavaria, 11,000 in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, around 7,000 in Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg and Baden-Württemberg, and around 4,000 in North Rhine-Westphalia in Saxony and Berlin about 3000 each.

Opponents of the Corona policy have been taking to the streets in many places for weeks. They don’t always announce or register the demonstrations. Numerous cities have banned unannounced protests, which have become known as so-called “walks.”

Lots of insults, few masks

In Berlin, one of the larger demos moved from Alexanderplatz in the direction of the Brandenburg Gate, where, according to the banner, “vaccinated and unvaccinated people opposed compulsory vaccination”. Few people wore masks. A loudspeaker car rang out: “Merkel, Spahn, Steinmeier, Drosten to jail”. The train stopped in front of the ZDF capital city studio for an intermediate rally. A speaker insulted the “German media”, which were “conformed” like in 1933.

According to initial information from the state police headquarters, more than 20,000 people attended meetings in numerous places in Thuringia. The police also reported high numbers of participants from Baden-Württemberg, where more than 1,000 people took part in unregistered meetings in Rottweil, Ravensburg and Friedrichshafen.

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