On Saturday, a group of people protesting over Covid-19 restrictions tried to storm the German parliament building.
Protesters wearing the flag of former Imperial Germany overcame the handful of police officers occupying the site to gain access to the entrance to the parliament building.
In an engagement with the demonstrators, the police were able to distribute them with pepper sprays. Police said there were hundreds of demonstrators and several were arrested.
While there were criticisms of their use in small numbers, the police defended themselves by saying that they cannot be everywhere.
The attempted assault on the German parliament was responded to. Many politicians across the political spectrum have condemned it. The interior minister said there should be no tolerance for such behavior.
Horst Seehofer, the interior minister, said the Reichstag was the domain of the German parliament and a symbolic center of their democracy. He added that troublemakers and extremists are using it for their purposes.
President Frank Walter Steinmeier also expressed his reaction and condemned the action as an attack on the heart of their democracy.
He said those who are upset about their Covid-19 measures or who doubt their need can do so openly in protest. But added that the end of his tolerance will be when these protesters turn out to be enemies of democracy and political agitators.
Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz was one of those who condemned the action on the far right. The social democrat called for improved security around the parliament building.
Michael Ballweg, the organizer of this protest, parted ways with the attempt to storm the parliament, saying participant had nothing to do with his movement.
Saturday’s protest had previously been banned by the court but was ultimately only allowed to continue if COVID-19 prevention such as face-covering and social distancing were maintained.
Police were forced to disperse the crowd as many did not adhere to COVID-19 guidelines. At some point, these protesters were packed up or sat on the floor without any social distance.
It was reported that around 3,000 people were arrested in various locations. Among those arrested is a culinary author and conspiracy theorist Attila Hildmann.
The country has been one of the most effective countries in enforcing the response framework known as Prevent, Detect, Contain, and Treat. However, its infection rate is still rising, but the country has not yet seen the extreme waves of cases that have hit other European countries.
The German system for responding to the pandemic has effectively helped to keep the death rate relatively low in those aged 70 years and above compared to other European countries.
Across the country, over 243,092 cases and 9,363 deaths related to Covid-19 have been confirmed.
In early April, the country relaxed some strict physical distancing guidelines
But on Thursday, Chancellor Angela Merkel is introduced a minimum fee of $ 45 for those who don’t wear a face mask. Besides, a ban on public events was extended until the new year.
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