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Germany: Around 800 anti-lockdown protesters hold silent march through Berlin03:19

Germany: Around 800 anti-lockdown protesters hold silent march through Berlin

Germany, Berlin
December 20, 2020 at 20:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Berlin in one of several anti-lockdown protests held across Germany on Sunday, following stricter measures introduced by the government last weekend.

The protest, marching behind the banner reading, 'we need to talk' made its way through the streets of the city centre, with Antifa counter-protesters reportedly gathering along parts of the planned route.

The protest originally saw 2,000 people register to take part, according to police. In order for it to be approved, protesters were required to maintain social distance and masks also had to be worn. Law enforcement recorded personal details of several people ahead of the start of the rally, because they had not complied with hygiene requirements or presented falsified medical certificates.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced an extension of even tougher restrictions on December 13, including the closure of non-essential shops, schools, and hairdressers, which is to stay in effect until at least January 10, to impede the spread of the coronavirus.

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), there were 87,077 confirmed cases reported in Berlin since the start of the pandemic. The number of COVID-19 deaths in Berlin has reached 1,007 on Sunday, with 516 new infections reported for Saturday.

Germany: Around 800 anti-lockdown protesters hold silent march through Berlin03:19
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Hundreds of people took to the streets of Berlin in one of several anti-lockdown protests held across Germany on Sunday, following stricter measures introduced by the government last weekend.

The protest, marching behind the banner reading, 'we need to talk' made its way through the streets of the city centre, with Antifa counter-protesters reportedly gathering along parts of the planned route.

The protest originally saw 2,000 people register to take part, according to police. In order for it to be approved, protesters were required to maintain social distance and masks also had to be worn. Law enforcement recorded personal details of several people ahead of the start of the rally, because they had not complied with hygiene requirements or presented falsified medical certificates.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced an extension of even tougher restrictions on December 13, including the closure of non-essential shops, schools, and hairdressers, which is to stay in effect until at least January 10, to impede the spread of the coronavirus.

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), there were 87,077 confirmed cases reported in Berlin since the start of the pandemic. The number of COVID-19 deaths in Berlin has reached 1,007 on Sunday, with 516 new infections reported for Saturday.