BDuring the protests against the Corona policy in Berlin, more than a hundred people have been arrested so far, according to the police. A spokeswoman for the authority said on Wednesday that it was in the three-digit range, including cases of shorter freedom restrictions. A balance sheet was not expected before Thursday.
The police are currently trying to move slowly with water cannons to free the space in front of the Brandenburg Gate, the spokeswoman said. The demonstrators are “absolutely persistent”. The resolution of the protest takes time, since children are also on site. “It’s only going slowly, not martially.”
In the afternoon, the protest apparently began to slowly dissipate. Little by little, people left the gathering in the direction of Potsdamer Platz. Some of them were wet from the spray from the water cannons. Some had red, watery eyes from the spray of pepper spray.
Previously, further water cannons had driven from the direction of the Victory Column in the direction of the Brandenburg Gate, so that a total of five water cannons were on site. The water jet was directed diagonally over the crowd. This slowly receded, meter by meter.
Bottles, Steiner and Böller flew
The police broke up the demonstration in the morning because the majority of the participants violated the conditions and were said to have not worn a mouth and nose cover. The leader of the meeting then declared the demonstration on Straße des 17. Juni over.
According to the police, there were also attacks on emergency services during the protests. “Our colleagues were pelted with bottles, stones and firecrackers and attacked with pepper spray,” tweeted the authority on Wednesday. The officers used physical force and pepper spray. The spokesman for the Berlin Police Union (GdP), Benjamin Jendro, complained on Twitter that such acts would negligently accept injuries.
The Federal Ministry of the Interior had previously banned several registered demonstrations directly in front of the Reichstag building in the so-called pacified district. The police had cordoned off the area over a large area. Nevertheless, there were many calls circulating on the Internet not to register demonstrations, but to drive spontaneously to Berlin and protest at the Bundestag. The police spoke of a “high mobilization”.
The immediate reason for the new demonstrations is the referral to the Bundestag with another amendment to the Infection Protection Act this Wednesday. It should be revised in order to put the corona protective measures on a sufficient legal basis. This is how the government approaches critics. More and more courts and legal scholars had doubted that the Infection Protection Act in its current form could still support the far-reaching encroachments on fundamental rights in the wake of the corona pandemic.