Over a hundred people were on Saturday detained by German authorities for flouting the coronavirus lockdown steps they had been protesting against.
Hundreds of people gathered around Berlin’s Rosa Luxemburg square at the day to protest confinement steps despite government banning the collecting. The German capital has banned parties of over 20 individuals to stem the spread of this COVID-19 pandemic.
The demonstration organizers’ site called for”an end to the state of crisis” and played down the danger posed by the virus.
Others brandished placards bearing slogans like”Stop the pharmaceutical lobby”.
Police stated in an announcement that it asked protesters to disperse to obey social distancing principles but it had been made to call in reinforcements if their telephone went unanswered.
“A total of 105 individuals were diagnosed and administrative crimes and criminal proceedings for violations of their containment measures about the Illness Protection Act were initiated,” the police statement said.
Five police officers were slightly hurt.
Public discontent with the confinement principles has been growing slowly in Germany with resistance to the lockdown steps being directed from the far-right, the major opposition force in the German parliament.
The far-right alternate for Germany (AfD) party accuses the government of exaggerating the danger posed by the virus, and it has called for its immediate reopening of businesses.