German police break up banned anti-lockdown protest
December 5, 2020
An anti-lockdown group had filed an urgent court appeal hoping to allow 20,000 people to gather in Bremen. Despite the ban, hundreds of protesters still gathered in the city — prompting police to intervene.
Police in the northern German city of Bremen have intervened to shut down an anti-lockdown protest that went ahead despite a ban by Germany's highest court.
Hundreds of people still gathered near the city's main train station in the afternoon and evening. Opponents of the German government's virus restrictions as well as counterdemonstrators were present.
Police said two officers were injured, with authorities issuing dozens of citations and orders to disperse.
"When you considerhow many people are limiting their social contacts out of solidarityand observing the rules of distance and hygiene, we can by no means tolerate that those who refuse to wear masksconsciously endanger the health of others with their behavior," said Bremen Interior Minister Ulrich Mäurer.
Chancellor Angela Merkel announced last week that the current partial lockdown, in place since November 2, would be extended through January 2, as the country has not reached its goals of reducing coronavirus infection numbers. Fears remain that the health care system could be stretched to the breaking point.