Riot police detain dozens at anti-COVID measures protest in Berlin

Published on August 29, 2020 by

German police arrested dozens of protesters during a sit-in protest against COVID-19 restrictions in central Berlin, on Saturday.

A large presence of police officers in riot gear could be seen detaining protesters one after another in the crowded streets near Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate.

Thousands of people reportedly signed up to attend the demonstration against coronavirus measures before it was banned by city authorities over health concerns earlier this week.

The decision was later overturned by the city’s administrative court, which allowed the rally to go ahead under the condition that social distancing measures should be respected by participants.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel originally announced a series of measures in March, in order to curb the spread of coronavirus. The measures have been gradually eased nationwide, however, in the past weeks the number of new infections has significantly increased.

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