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Germany: Coronavirus sceptics and police scuffle during massive Leipzig rally03:34

Germany: Coronavirus sceptics and police scuffle during massive Leipzig rally

Germany, Leipzig
November 8, 2020 at 09:59 GMT +00:00 · Published

Sporadic brawls broke out in Leipzig on Saturday night, as police attempted to disperse thousands of coronavirus deniers who marched through the city.

Members of the 'Querdenken' ('Lateral Thinkers') group and other coronavirus sceptics were seen throwing bottles and other projectiles at the police.

Several rioters were detained during the clashes near the main train station, while several officers were reported injured.

An estimated 20,000 people joined the demonstration planned by the 'Querdenken' group to demonstrate against the new lockdown.

Protesters were seen holding signs depicting German politicians, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in prisoner's outfits with the words 'guilty' written on them.

Germany entered a month-long lockdown on November 2, with most businesses being ordered to close and people asked to stay at home whenever possible.

On Saturday, Germany's public health institute reported a new record of 23,399 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, while 130 more deaths with the virus were also reported.

Germany: Coronavirus sceptics and police scuffle during massive Leipzig rally03:34
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Sporadic brawls broke out in Leipzig on Saturday night, as police attempted to disperse thousands of coronavirus deniers who marched through the city.

Members of the 'Querdenken' ('Lateral Thinkers') group and other coronavirus sceptics were seen throwing bottles and other projectiles at the police.

Several rioters were detained during the clashes near the main train station, while several officers were reported injured.

An estimated 20,000 people joined the demonstration planned by the 'Querdenken' group to demonstrate against the new lockdown.

Protesters were seen holding signs depicting German politicians, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in prisoner's outfits with the words 'guilty' written on them.

Germany entered a month-long lockdown on November 2, with most businesses being ordered to close and people asked to stay at home whenever possible.

On Saturday, Germany's public health institute reported a new record of 23,399 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, while 130 more deaths with the virus were also reported.