Berlin bans planned weekend protests against COVID-19 restrictions
Roughly 20,000 people gathered without face masks or adherence to social distancing measures on August 1 in Berlin, Germany, to protest coronavirus restrictions. Now, Berlin officials are banning anti-restriction protests planned for this weekend, infuriating many of the country’s far-right supporters.
The Assembly Authority enacted the ban on Wednesday, saying “police would take consistent action if large crowds should nevertheless form.” Thousands of police are expected to be deployed this weekend to enforce the ban, according to Reuters.
The government justified the ban by claiming the participants are likely to violate public health guidelines.
More than 240,500 people in Germany have been diagnosed with the coronavirus since the pandemic began, according to Johns Hopkins, including more than 11,000 in Berlin. While the number of daily cases in the country steadily decreased between the end of April and the end …continued .
[Source: CBS News]