All in all, there were about 20,000 people in Germany last night, German media report. Permission was not requested for all demonstrations.
‘Freedom, not a dictatorship’
In the town of Freiberg (Saxony), not far from Dresden, hundreds of protesters broke through a police cordon and advanced towards the center. They shouted slogans such as ‘We are more’ and ‘Freedom, no dictatorship’.
The police reported on Twitter that some of the protesters could be stopped. The identities of 20 people have been checked.
Correspondent Jeroen Akkermans reports that there were also protesters in front of the building of the German television channel ZDF:
Thousands of demonstrators gathered in the city of Rostock in the state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. No fewer than five demonstrations by supporters and opponents were announced there.
The German police used cars to keep the two camps apart, broadcaster NDR reports. The protesters are against ‘the vaccination dictatorship’ and took a noisy walk through the center.
Reports of disturbances came from Magdeburg. In the southern Lichtenstein, there were also confrontations with the police, in which fourteen officers were injured. “A police officer was bitten by a protester,” the police said in a statement. A protester also tried to take a service weapon.
As with previous demonstrations, a relatively large number of children and young people were present at that protest. Police used pepper spray and forty protesters were fined for various violations, the police said.
Nearly 3,000 people showed their displeasure in Nuremberg, Bavaria, according to police, twice more than expected.
Rain and hail
According to NDR 2000 people showed up in Schwerin. In Neubrandenburg, despite rain and hail, an estimated 2,000 people demonstrated against the measures, but also 60 people in favor of compulsory vaccination.
The regional broadcaster MDRAktuell further reported demonstrations in cities such as Dresden, Leipzig, Hoyerswerda and Bautzen. According to the police, at least 8,000 people were on their feet in those places.
While many protesters are also angry about the current corona measures, the protests have mainly focused on government plans to introduce a vaccination requirement.
71 percent of all Germans have now been vaccinated. A vaccination obligation already applies to healthcare personnel, the 2G policy has not yet been implemented for the rest of the country.
Source: RTL Nieuws by www.rtlnieuws.nl.
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