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Short Update: 40,000 people protest COVID-19 restrictions in Berlin

FT Admin - September 1, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Surveillance, Rule of Law

On Saturday, August 30, almost 40,000 people in Berlin took  part in demonstrations against COVID-19 restrictions. The demonstrators included right-wing extremists, members of the Reichsbürger movement and conspiracy theorists. Many protesters did not wear protective masks or keep to the minimum distance from other people.  Around 300 to 400 demonstrators stormed the outside stairs of the German Reichstag building.

The day before, the Administrative Court ("Verwaltungsgericht") of Berlin had declared that the demonstration was allowed to go ahead. It also clarified that, under the current regulations of the federal state ("Bundesland") of Berlin, there was no obligation to wear  mouth and nose protection.

Some politicians are demanding various changes to the law. The Berlin Senator of the Interior, Andreas Geisel, suggested that the Berlin Infection Protection Ordinance ("Infektionsschutzverordnung") should include an obligation to wear a mouth and nose protector at public gatherings.

Federal CSU politician Volker Ullrich suggested that the so-called "ban mile", which prevents demonstrations near the German Bundestag should no longer be limited to the days of parliamentary meetings. "We must better protect the parliament as a constitutional body and symbol of our democracy", he said. See lto.de press article in German.

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