January 24, 2022 1:27 pm

Thousands of protesters against anticovid restrictions in Germany

BERLIN.- Thousands of opponents of government measures against the coronavirus demonstrated again this Saturday in several cities in Germany, police said.

In the city of Schwerin (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania), in the north of the country, about 1600 people gathered, according to the agents, and 2000 according to the organizers. The participants, who marched accompanied by drums and trumpets, carried a banner at the head that read: ”Parents and grandparents say NO !!! to vaccinate children against Covid-19 ″.

March against anticovid restrictions in DüsseldorfMalte Krudewig – Malte Krudewig / dpa

There was also a rally in Hamburg that brought together, according to the authorities, some 16,000 people. Opponents of vaccination marched through the city center under the slogan “Stop. Hands off our children ”.

According to the police, in principle there were no incidents. Although the organizers called on the protesters over the public address system to wear masks and keep their distance from each other, there were many people in the crowd who did not comply with these rules.

"Hands off our boys"says one of the posters of the protesters in Düsseldorf
“Hands off our boys” says one of the posters of the protesters in DüsseldorfMalte Krudewig – Malte Krudewig / dpa

In Berlin, dozens of people demonstrated against restrictions and other measures to curb coronavirus infections with a parade of cars and bicycles. The atmosphere was peaceful, said a police spokesman. The authorities counted more than 100 vehicles, 20 bicycles and a total of about 150 participants.

On the other hand, in the city of Minden, in North Rhine-Westphalia, there was another protest, but against the “Querdenken” movement (lateral thinking). There some 2,500 people took to the streets to demonstrate against deniers, vaccination skeptics and right-wing radicals. “Yes to freedom of opinion and union, but decidedly no to hatred, threats and violence”, it was read in a poster of the participants.

March in Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt
March in Magdeburg, Saxony-AnhaltPeter Gercke – dpa central image

Germany is evaluating the possibility of approving the obligation to vaccinate. For now, Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced the restrictions on access to restaurants and cafes to stop omicron.

The German Health Minister, Karl Lauterbach, declared in an interview advanced this Saturday by Sunday World on sunday that the debate between vaccination opponents and deniers has lost all measure and aim. “A small group is willing to erase all scientific knowledge from the table and voluntarily enter a bubble of false truths”He declared. It was a terrifying new event in postwar German history, he added.

Lauterbach opted this Saturday for the mandatory vaccine because, he said, an infection with omicron “does not necessarily immunize against the next variant” and no one can guarantee that it does not become more dangerous.

“The belief that the omicron variant is the end of the pandemic is naive“Warned the minister.

DPA and AFP agencies


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