Berlin: thousands of people protest against new coronavirus restrictions
Several thousand people demonstrated in Berlin this Saturday to protest against the coronavirus prevention measures that, according to them, limit individual liberties.
The protesters, 17,000 according to the police, are less than the 500,000 announced by the organizers of the march, called 'The End of the Pandemic - Freedom Day'.
This parade brought together "freethinkers", anti-vaccine activists, conspirators, or even far-right sympathizers.
Some shouted: 'We are the second wave', 'Resistance' or denounced the coronavirus as 'a great conspiracy theory'.
Very few wore a mask, said an AFP journalist at the scene, and the physical distance of one meter fifty was also not respected.
The Berlin police, who called on protesters through loudspeakers to respect the security measures, announced on Twitter that they filed a complaint against the organizers for not respecting hygiene rules.
Protesters believe that these measures should not exist, as the health crisis has been overcome.
It is a pure scare tactic: I don't see any danger with the virus. I don't know other sick people. I met many sick people in March, skiers, tourists, something really happened in February, but now there are no more sick people, said Iris Birzenmeier to AFP.
An opinion shared by Anna-Maria Wetzel, who came with about fifteen friends from Bade-Wurtemberg (southwest), where she has already participated in several similar gatherings.