The dissolution of the large demonstration against the federal government’s corona policy continued on Saturday evening. A large number of people persisted in front of the Brandenburg Gate who refused to leave, a police spokesman for the AFP news agency said. He spoke of a number in the lower four-digit range. The assignment will surely take a while.
The police said on Twitter that advertisements were being made and some people who refused to leave the site were being carried away. Previously, more than 20,000 people protested largely without face protection and distance until the police started dissolving.
Criminal charges have been brought against the head of the meeting for non-compliance with the hygiene rules. Politicians came in for some sharp criticism of the behavior of the demonstrators at a time when new corona infections are on the rise. Demonstrations should also be possible in Corona times, wrote Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) on Twitter. “But not like that. Distance, hygiene rules and everyday masks serve to protect all of us.”
SPD leader Saskia Esken tweeted: “Thousands of covidios celebrate themselves in Berlin as ‘the second wave’, without a gap, without a mask.”
Berlin’s governing mayor Michael Müller (SPD) also criticized violently. It annoyed him immeasurably that people from other parts of Germany came to Berlin to exercise a right to demonstrate based on hygiene rules that they then disregarded, said Müller in the rbb “evening show”. The demonstrators would not take the facts into account and risk other people’s health. He has no understanding for that.