“We want democracy back,” say the protesters, who “feel like slaves to the German state through masks and other restrictive measures.” Despite all the scientific evidence, they are convinced that mouth masks cannot help contain the corona virus in any situation and that the government imposes special far-reaching measures to break democracy.
More than 1,500 police officers are present to try to steer the demonstration in the right direction, although social distancing is impossible due to the large turnout.
Rules not followed
According to the police, the hygiene rules and distance rules are not observed and the demonstrators, including members of neo-Nazi organizations, do not wear face masks. The police try to speak to the activists with megaphones. Participants who still wear mouth masks are booed.
Major incidents have not yet been reported. In several places, the protest march did meet with protesters, who were shielded by police officers.
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The German government tightened the measures again after the reproduction number had risen above 1 again. Face masks are mandatory on public transport, in public buildings and in shops, as well as on entry and travel in restaurants or cafes. The mouth mask obligation does not apply to children under 6 years of age. A maximum of ten people may meet and physical contact must be kept to a minimum.