Thousands of protesters fed up with the coronavirus lockdown and increasingly authoritarian restrictions filled the streets of Berlin, Germany, Saturday for a “Day of Freedom” rally.
According to AFP, police have attempted to enforce social distancing rules on protesters, with little success:
Few protesters wore a mask or respected the 1.5-metre (five-foot) social distancing requirement, an AFP journalist reported, despite police repeatedly calling on them via megaphone to do so.
Berlin police tweeted they had launched legal proceedings action against organisers for not respecting virus hygiene rules.
#BREAKING: Huge protest now in #Berlin, #Germany. They demonstrante against #Corona and against the government and they refuse to wear masks. Also no distance rules!#protests2020 #COVID #Covid_19 #COVIDIOTS #COVIDIOT #CoronaVirusDE #lockdown #ZweiteWelle #1agosto #1agustos pic.twitter.com/xbL1DaEYhn
— Faruk Firat (@FarukFirat1987) August 1, 2020
More from the AP:
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!”
Watch a live feed of the protests here, via Ruptly: