Leipzig authorities interrupt demonstration against COVID restrictions

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Leipzig authorities interrupt demonstration against COVID restrictions

Demonstration of COVID dissidents in Leipzig, November 7, 2020

Leipzig authorities have interrupted a demonstration of anti-virus protesters due to numerous violations of the rules imposed to counter the spread of the coronavirus. According to police, most of the about 20 thousand participants in the event, which took place in the city center on Saturday, November 7, did not comply with either the requirements for wearing protective masks or the established social distance.

In addition, according to a representative of the city authorities, the demonstration was disbanded due to the excess of the declared number of participants in 16 thousand people.

COVID dissidents don't disperse at police demand

After almost two and a half hours, which lasted the action, its organizers and police asked the demonstrators to leave the Augustusplatz square. However, for about an hour, the protesters did not disperse, in front of the police barriers they chanted: “Free the street!”

Then those who disagreed with the COVID restrictions marched, accompanied by police, along the ring street around the city center, some of them shouting “Peace, freedom, no dictatorship!” and “Merkel must go!” When the march ran into a fence, COVID dissidents began to attack police officers.

Permission to hold a demonstration in the center of Leipzig was issued by the Supreme Administrative Court in Bautzen only in the morning of the same day, limiting the number of participants to 16 thousand and obliging them to comply with the requirement to wear masks. Meanwhile, during the event, its organizers repeatedly repeated that wearing a mask is only a recommendation of the court.

The founder of the Querdenken initiative (which can be translated as “Thinking outside the box”), which led the demonstration, Michael Ballweg (Michael Ballweg) said that he intends to appeal against the actions of the city authorities, which stopped the rally.

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