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Germany: 'It’s absolutely inhumane’ - Hundreds demonstrate in front of Bundestag as MPs debate new COVID-19 measures
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Germany: 'It’s absolutely inhumane’ - Hundreds demonstrate in front of Bundestag as MPs debate new COVID-19 measures

Germany, Berlin
September 8, 2022 at 14:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

Several hundred opponents of COVID-19 restrictions and virus sceptics gathered on Thursday morning to demonstrate in front of the Bundestag, as German MPs convened inside to debate COVID rules for the autumn and winter.

"We may have a mandatory mask requirement on local public transport, we may have the opportunity for federal states to make masks compulsory in schools, and we strongly reject that," said activist and organiser, Leif Hansen. "It is absolutely inhumane. Putting a mask on children creates difficulty for them in speaking and feeling."

Participants could be heard chanting anti-lockdown slogans and blowing whistles loudly, while some other activists played drums or showed their middle fingers in the direction of the German Parliament headquarters.

Deputies inside were considering an amendment to the Infection Protection Act. The package of measures, submitted by the coalition, could mean more extensive rules on masks and testing from October 1, as well as giving federal states the right to strengthen the restrictions in a critical situation.

Germany: 'It’s absolutely inhumane’ - Hundreds demonstrate in front of Bundestag as MPs debate new COVID-19 measures
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Several hundred opponents of COVID-19 restrictions and virus sceptics gathered on Thursday morning to demonstrate in front of the Bundestag, as German MPs convened inside to debate COVID rules for the autumn and winter.

"We may have a mandatory mask requirement on local public transport, we may have the opportunity for federal states to make masks compulsory in schools, and we strongly reject that," said activist and organiser, Leif Hansen. "It is absolutely inhumane. Putting a mask on children creates difficulty for them in speaking and feeling."

Participants could be heard chanting anti-lockdown slogans and blowing whistles loudly, while some other activists played drums or showed their middle fingers in the direction of the German Parliament headquarters.

Deputies inside were considering an amendment to the Infection Protection Act. The package of measures, submitted by the coalition, could mean more extensive rules on masks and testing from October 1, as well as giving federal states the right to strengthen the restrictions in a critical situation.