Berlin’s Senator for the Interior, Andreas Geisel (SPD), praised the police operations at the numerous demonstrations by opponents of the corona policy over the weekend. “The police were tactically very, very well positioned,” said Geisel on Monday in the interior committee of the House of Representatives. You have protected the freedom of assembly “in an excellent way”.
Altogether there were almost 120 demonstrations of all directions: not only the partly forbidden protests by so-called lateral thinkers, but also by motorcyclists on Afghanistan as well as the “train of love” with music and dance. 2400 police officers were on duty, said Geisel, including 739 police officers from other federal states and from the federal police.
Several thousand people demonstrated against the German corona policy on Saturday and Sunday in Berlin despite bans. Mask and distance requirements were systematically ignored. They walked through the city in several elevators and repeatedly played cat-and-mouse with the police. There were attacks on police officers and attempts to break through barriers.
The police used irritant gas and, according to initial reports, arrested at least 180 people temporarily to determine their identity. Final figures should be published on Monday.
The protests took place on the anniversary of the failed Reichstag storm by Corona demonstrators on August 29, 2020. Spokesmen of the scene had called for people to avoid the government district this time, because it was too heavily guarded. Instead, the protest should be carried out in Berlin’s residential area. There, however, the demonstrators and their messages met with little approval.
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At times the protest marches seemed rather haphazard. The police let the crowd of demonstrators run and repeatedly arrested suspected ringleaders. (Tsp, dpa)