According to German media reports on the 21st, eight protest rallies in the eastern city of Leipzig were approved in the city center that day, including demonstrations against the federal government’s anti-epidemic policy and demonstrations against the aforementioned activities.
On the 22nd, the capital Berlin will also hold a series of demonstrations, including protests against vaccination obligations, and the scale of applications for rallies ranges from hundreds to thousands.
Among them, the most eye-catching was the demonstrations held by the "Horizontal Thinking" organization in Berlin, Leipzig, Hanover and other cities on the 21st.
The organization has long opposed the anti-epidemic measures introduced by the German government and launches demonstrations in different cities in Germany every weekend.
However, because there is no guarantee of safe interpersonal distance, very few people wear masks, and the number of demonstrators exceeds the regulations every time, and there are many extreme rightists, radical extreme leftists, neo-Nazis, etc. The scenes of the protests were out of control. Not only did the police stop the demonstrations to no avail, but eventually clashed with the demonstrators. The two camps composed of supporters of "horizontal thinking" and those who opposed the demonstrations also clashed.
It is reported that the recent outbreak of anti-epidemic measures in Germany is mainly aimed at the amendment bill to the "Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Act" recently promulgated by the federal legislature.
The bill specifically adds Article 28a to the special measures for the prevention and control of the new crown epidemic, thus laying a solid legal foundation for the government to issue anti-epidemic regulations in the future.
Under the call of "horizontal thinking", tens of thousands of opponents of the new crown anti-epidemic measures gathered in central Berlin on November 18th on the day the Bundestag deliberated the bill.
Although the police learned the lesson of the violent impact on the parliament building where the Bundestag is located at the end of August, they deployed a large number of police forces to take strict precautions.
However, the protesting crowd ignored the authorities’ ultimatum and refused to leave the meeting place. Some demonstrators threw bottles, rocks and fireworks at the police and attacked them with pepper spray.
The riot ended with 77 police injured and 365 detained.
German public opinion generally believes that since the protesters are opposed to restrictions on basic rights and freedoms, they should abide by the relevant anti-epidemic regulations, wear masks and keep spacing during the protest, instead of putting others' health under the guise of so-called freedom And safety at risk.
(Headquarters reporter Ruan Jiawen and Li Changhao)