According to the police, around 10,000 participants have registered for the rally under the motto “The end of the pandemic – Freedom Day”. The initiative Querdenken 711 from Stuttgart has called for this. The demonstration is to take place in the afternoon on Strasse des 17. Juni and is permitted until 10 pm. Participants from all over Germany have been mobilized for the demonstration and have arrived by bus. Neo-Nazi organizations had also called for participation, said Berlin\’s Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD).
As the Tagesspiegel reports, groups of people could already be seen in the morning, standing close together and chanting “We are the second wave”. Right-wing symbols were also openly displayed. According to an AFP reporter, several thousand people started moving near the Brandenburg Gate. According to the report, almost none of the demonstrators wore mouthguards.[“In Stuttgart, the Querdenken 711 initiative has already demonstrated repeatedly. Critics of these protests fear that they will be appropriated by conspiracy theorists and right-wing populists. The trade union ver.di spoke of a right-wing extremist alliance. During Saturday’s demonstration, restrictions on the freedom of the press and physical assaults on journalists were to be feared, it said. “]
Hostage spoke of a “special challenge” for the police. It will be seen to what extent it will be possible to enforce corona regulations such as distance rules and the obligation to wear masks when there are such large crowds. If necessary, fines would be imposed, and in the case of acts of resistance, demonstrators would also be temporarily detained.
According to Geisel, a total of about 80 events have been registered in Berlin this weekend, for which about 22,000 participants are expected. 1,500 police officers will be on duty. According to the police, about 3,000 people have registered for a rally on the Platz des 18. March at the Brandenburg Gate this afternoon, who want to stand up for peace, diversity of opinion and democracy. The police will also have to accompany several smaller demonstrations in the capital over the weekend – and keep an eye on parties in parks.
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