Berlin police break up protests against coronavirus restrictions
Berlin police arrested 300 demonstrators after disbanding a protest Saturday over Germany's coronavirus restrictions as tens of thousands of participants refused to maintain social distancing, per the BBC.
Why it matters: Berlin's regional government tried to ban the protest earlier this week, citing concern for public health. Protesters successfully appealed the decision on Friday, though a court required demonstrators to observe social distancing.
The big picture: Demonstrators at a protest near Brandenburg Gate opposed vaccinations, face masks mandates and the German government in general during the protest by waving U.S., Russian or German Reich flags, AP reports.
- Others wore T-shirts promoting the American “QAnon” conspiracy theory, white nationalist slogans and neo-Nazi insignia, according to AP.
- Authorities said "right-wing agitators" hurled rocks and bottles at one rally in Berlin, where police arrested 200 people, per the BBC.
By the numbers: Germany reported an increase in new coronavirus cases in recent weeks after seeing fewer cases over June and July, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
- The country reported around 1,500 new cases on Friday and five deaths on Thursday. In total, the country has had 242,415 cases and 9,299 deaths throughout the pandemic.
Editor's note: This article has been updated with the number of those arrested at the protest.