- A dense crowd marched through downtown Berlin from the Bradenburg Gate ahead of a wide boulevard rally
- Protesters defied social distancing measures and thousands were seen without masks as they waved banners
- Officials have been easing lockdown late April there are fears of a second wave amid rising infections
Alice Cachia for Mail Online and Associated Press – Aug 1, 2020
The declaration comes as authorities voice increasing concerns about an uptick in new infections.
With few masks in sight, a dense crowd marched through downtown Berlin from the Brandenburg Gate ahead of a rally on a wide boulevard that runs through the city’s Tiergarten park.
Protesters who came from across the country held up homemade signs with slogans like ‘Corona, false alarm,’ ‘We are being forced to wear a muzzle,’ ‘Natural defense instead of vaccination’ and ‘We are the second wave.’
They chanted, ‘We’re here and we’re loud, because we are being robbed of our freedom!’
Police used bullhorns to chide participants to adhere to social distancing rules and to wear masks, apparently with little success.
They tweeted that they were preparing a criminal complaint against the rally’s organizers for failing to enforce hygiene rules.
Police estimated that about 17,000 people turned up to the march, and demonstrators were kept apart from counterprotesters, some chanting ‘Nazis out!’