Thousands in Berlin protest coronavirus restrictions in ‘Freedom Day’ march as cases continue to rise
BERLIN — Thousands of largely mask-less demonstrators marched through central Berlin on Saturday chanting “We are free people” to the beat of Queen’s “We Will Rock You” in a coronavirus restrictions protest that was also riddled with virus-related conspiracy theories.
The demonstration took place despite recent warnings from German health officials about a new rise in infections.
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Billed as a “Freedom Day,” the protest drew around 15,000 people, according to police figures cited by German media. The demonstration was organized by Querdenken 771, a group based in the western city of Stuttgart that emerged from weekly anti-lockdown demonstrations earlier in the pandemic. Members sometimes wear tinfoil hats or necklaces in what they say is a dig at being written off as conspiracy theorists.
Those present on Saturday included a hodgepodge of science skeptics, libertarians, Germany’s far-right and constitutional loyalists, Reuters reported.
It is strange I must say for these young people to chance not only their health going about unprotected in as well as others. For they know the risk and yet enjoy to risk their health to go against reality.
But then, all these years in their young lives, they have lived a risk free life from death and appear to believe they will live for ever. For designers have attempted to take the risk out of autos, our streets, our machines with a diversity of safety shut off mechanisms.
What is a shame, for not only these people to risk contamination but take the same home to their families.