After the large-scale demonstration against corona politics in Berlin, demands for a tougher gait when disregarding the minimum distance and mask requirement increase. CSU boss Markus Söder advised in the ARD summer interview on Sunday to “not only keep your physical distance, but also mental distance” with such demos. During the demonstration of over 20,000 critics of corona politics on Saturday, the conditions were deliberately disregarded, and the rally was finally resolved by the police.
Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) emphasized that demonstrations should also be possible in Corona times. “But not like that. Distance, hygiene rules and everyday masks serve to protect us all,” he wrote on Twitter. SPD leader Saskia Esken tweeted: “Thousands of covidios celebrate themselves in Berlin as ‘the second wave’, without a gap, without a mask. She also pointed out that” right-wing extremists with Reich citizens, Pegida members with QAnon supporters “had demonstrated”. Democracy and the rule of law will use all means to defend themselves against the enemies of democracy, “said Esken on Sunday.
Söder said on the ARD that during the demonstrations, “world conspiracy theorists with the extreme right and also the left” marched together: “Something bundles together that doesn’t really belong together.”
Berlin Mayor Michael Müller (SPD) said in the RBB “evening show” that it annoyed him immeasurably that people from other parts of Germany came to Berlin to exercise a right to demonstrate based on hygiene rules, which they then disregarded.
Federal Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) told the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” (Monday edition): “I lack any understanding for demonstrators who self-defy it.” It is good that the police “consistently took action”.
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The police broke up the demonstration late in the afternoon after participants did not follow the Corona requirement. The dissolution continued into the night. Among other things, the Stuttgart Thinking Initiative 711 called for the nationwide demo. In addition to corona deniers and opponents of vaccination, there were also many participants with clearly right-wing flags or T-shirts in the crowd.
Union parliamentary group vice president Thorsten Frei (CDU) told the Funke newspapers that the regulatory authorities should present more detailed hygiene concepts and push for their implementation. The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach demanded “three-digit fines” for violations of mandatory masks and distance.
“Apparently law enforcement agencies and the police are increasingly looking away so that it does not escalate,” said the Executive Board of the German Foundation for Patient Protection, Eugen Brysch. “Fewer people dare to point out to their counterpart that there is no protection against infection.” This would create “lawless spaces”.
Left-wing leader Katja Kipping criticized the demonstrations as an “appeal to ruthlessness”. The initiators endangered themselves and others by asking them to do without the masks, she said in a ZDF summer interview.
Söder warned in the “Bild am Sonntag”: “If we are not careful, we can have a situation like in March.” “Absolute vigilance” is asked, so “now is not the time for new easing or naive carelessness”. Unfortunately, many people have become careless in dealing with the virus. The second wave is “practically there,” said the Bavarian Prime Minister. “She sneaks through Germany.”
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