Thousands of people assembled in the German capital to rally against anti-coronavirus restrictions, describing the measures as undemocratic and a threat to freedom.
Around 15,000 protesters took part in the event, dubbed ‘The end of the pandemic – freedom day’, according to German media, citing a police estimate.
The crowd marched through downtown Berlin as they held up signs featuring slogans such as “We are being forced to wear a muzzle,” “Natural defense instead of vaccination,” and “We are making noise because you are stealing our freedom!”
One demonstrator even carried a placard with a red cross modified to look like a swastika.
Photographs and videos show many of the demonstrators marching without masks. Police monitoring the event used bullhorns to urge attendees to wear face coverings and abide by social distancing guidelines.
Counter protesters are welcoming the “end of the pandemic” protestors with banners “stand up against the right”. Very apparent difference: one group is wearing (the mandatory) face masks, the other one isn’t. Both are shouting “nazis raus” (Nazis, get out). #b0108pic.twitter.com/Giixi8w32P
— Leonie Hammerstein (@hammerstein_leo) August 1, 2020
The protest attracted a variety of activists, including right-wing…