Koronovirus – Germany: Thousands on the streets against restrictive measures


The new restrictive measures and the launch of mandatory general vaccination at the beginning of the new year provoke strong reactions in anti-vaccination cycles and more. Opponents of imposing measures to stop the Omicron mutation are calling for so-called “walks every Monday”, so that the authorities do not need permission to hold demonstrations, but also other means of protest.

Numerous demonstrations took place in several German cities last night, most of which took place peacefully. The most massive, however, took place in East Germany. A total of 16,000 people took part in a total of 16 Brandenburg cities, including Cottbus and the capital Potsdam.

In Schwerin, the capital of the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, 2,700 people gathered last night despite the low temperatures to protest the new restrictive measures, as well as Berlin’s plans for a universally mandatory vaccination. Thousands of protesters marched in Rostock with 6,500 in attendance. The police announced that he submitted 9 protesters for resistance against the authority, physical injury and foreign ownership wear, as well as the use of contracts forbidden or terrorist organizations. Around 5,000 people protested in Magdeburg, the capital of Saxony-Anhalt, according to police. 1,500 protesters gathered in the city of Halle and 1,900 in Wittenberg.

Danger of radicalization of groups or individuals

In Bauten, Saxony, protesters appealed to violence when the police tried to dissolve around 500 people. According to the police authorities, security bodies have been attacked by protesters by responsive to make use of pepper sprays and a glamor. The security authorities spoke about the involvement of “extremists” in the mobilizations, as well as the arrest and identification of about 100 people.

At the same time, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Hermann warns of “radicalization of protesters” and the execution of “extreme criminal acts” in the context of mobilizations against restrictive measures. Speaking to the German news agency dpa, the local minister said, among other things, that “we should take seriously what is happening, since they are a threat to democracy.” And it does not matter how many people are involved in the mobilizations, Joachim Herman said, adding that “there is always a risk of a group or individuals committing crimes at the instigation of other protesters. “The phenomenon of spontaneous radicalization is also known to Islamists.”

DW – Stefanos Georgakopoulos

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