Thousands in Berlin protest virus restrictions as cases continue to rise
Billed as a “Freedom Day,” the protest drew around 15,000 people, according to police figures cited by German media. The demonstration was organized by Querdenken 771, a group based in the western city of Stuttgart that emerged from weekly anti-lockdown demonstrations earlier in the pandemic. Members sometimes wear tinfoil hats or necklaces in what they say is a dig at being written off as conspiracy theorists.
Those present on Saturday included a hodgepodge of science skeptics, libertarians, Germany’s far-right and constitutional loyalists, Reuters reported.
Demonstrations against coronavirus measures have taken place from London to Michigan, but the gathering in Berlin was one of the largest yet. Police used loudspeakers to urge the largely mask-less crowd to observe social distancing rules.
Querdenken 771 demonstrators in the past have railed over conspiracies of forced vaccinations, microchipping and other false claims around covid-19 that involve Bill Gates and pharmaceutical companies.
The slogans on display Saturday spanned a range of grievances and allegations.
[Source: Washington Post]