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After attacks on police officers at a demonstration in Berlin against corona measures, an accused was sentenced to one year and eight months in prison on probation.

Berlin – After attacks on police officers at a demonstration in Berlin against corona measures, an accused was sentenced to one year and eight months in prison on probation. The district court in Berlin-Tiergarten found the 50-year-old guilty of particularly serious breaches of the peace and attempted dangerous bodily harm and assault on law enforcement officials. The man from Saxony got carried away on November 18, 2020 in a heated mood to pick up and throw bottles, the judge explained. “The action was very dangerous.”

At the time, around 9,000 people gathered in Berlin to protest against the Corona policy while the Bundestag was discussing government measures to protect the population in the Corona pandemic. The police had cordoned off the area at the time, and water cannons were used for the first time in years. According to the authorities, around 2,500 officers were on duty, almost 80 of them were injured.

The accused had stated that he had only “picked up and thrown back” an empty plastic bottle. He and his wife traveled from Saxony to Berlin to exchange ideas with other people who, like them, were self-employed and had no income at the time. The defense attorney said her client was not a corona denier. The prosecutor had pleaded for a year and four months of imprisonment on probation. The defense attorney asked for an acquittal. The verdict is not yet legally binding. (dpa)


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