Corona madness on German streets!
In the case of nationwide protests against the Corona measures, there were again some serious clashes. Several police officers were injured again. The riots overshadow the first meeting of the Federal Government’s Expert Council, which is meeting today for its first meeting in the new year to discuss possible new measures in the run-up to the next federal-state summit (Friday).
► Crime scene Lichtenstein (Saxony): Around 60 violent rioters mingled in a crowd of around 200 demonstrators and attacked the officials.
The police then announced something incredible: “One person tried to snatch the service weapon from an officer and one policeman was bitten by a participant in the gathering.” A total of 14 policemen were injured.
► Crime scene Erfurt (Thuringia): The police used pepper spray here. The officers had previously registered “aggressive behavior” and “verbal attacks” between two groups.
► Crime scene Magdeburg (Saxony-Anhalt): The police inspection in Magdeburg spoke of broken police chains, bottles thrown at officials and pyrotechnics. According to initial findings, however, no police officers were injured. According to the police, around 2500 people had gathered in the state capital of Saxony-Anhalt. The gathering, like most in the police station area, was not indicated.
► Crime scene Fulda (Hessen): There were also clashes with the police in Hesse. The police broke up a meeting in the corona hotspot Fulda. One of the participants attacked the forces, said a police spokesman. The officers used pepper spray and the person was arrested. According to the police, the gathering was broken up because no masks were worn and no distances were observed.
Tens of thousands of opponents of measures demonstrated nationwide – often during unauthorized so-called “walks”. According to the police, around 17,000 people took to the streets in Thuringia alone. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, around 12,000 people in more than 20 cities took part in registered “light walks”, rallies and unregistered silent marches.
▶ ︎ Around 50,000 people also gathered in Baden-Württemberg on Monday evening. This is the number given by State Interior Minister Thomas Strobl (CDU) for the participants in the sometimes unapproved and unannounced so-called walks. The authorities estimate that there will be 170 events nationwide.
“It was mainly about so-called” light or Monday walks “against the current measures to combat the pandemic,” said the Ministry in Stuttgart. Compared to the ARD “Morgenmagazin”, Strobl said: “Anyone who organizes something like this is liable to prosecution.”
A total of around 2500 police officers were on duty on Monday.
▶ ︎ Around 10,000 people gathered in Bavarian cities and towns. It remained mostly peaceful. There were also numerous elevators by counter-demonstrators who took up positions in cities such as Trier and Rostock.
In Thuringia, scuffles, “aggressive behavior” by some demonstrators and “verbal attacks” between two groups were registered. In Erfurt, the officials therefore used pepper spray. In Weimar they had to separate two camps when about 20 people tried to stop an elevator made up of about 150 people.
Around 4200 people demonstrated against the Corona policy in Nuremberg – significantly more than expected. There were no incidents. According to the police, around 2,150 people met in Bamberg for a registered “walk”. In many other Bavarian cities and communities, opponents of the Corona measures also called for so-called Monday walks as a sign of protest. Many cities had banned non-stationary rallies and threatened participants in unannounced demonstrations with fines.
In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, around 3,000 fewer people came together than a week ago. Occasionally there were counter rallies – according to the police, there were no significant incidents according to initial findings. In Rostock the security forces registered around 4,000 protesters, in Schwerin around 2,000 people marched through the city, in Neubrandenburg around 1,800.
In Brandenburg, too, protests by critics of the corona measures and anti-vaccination campaigns continued across the country in the new year. Counter-actions were announced in many places. In the state capital on Monday, the alliance “Potsdam shows its colors” called for the opponents of the Corona measures not to let the city go.
Mayor Mike Schubert (SPD) said at a rally that the people made it clear with their presence that there was not only protest against the current measures. The togetherness at a registered demonstration shows that it is possible to express one’s opinion without breaking rules or laws.
Several thousand people also demonstrated in Baden-Württemberg. In Friedrichshafen around 2000 participants gathered for a so-called walk, as a police spokesman announced. The participants spontaneously agreed to meet on social networks. In Mannheim, Heidelberg and in the Rhein-Neckar district, the police counted a total of around 2,000 demonstrators.
The police inspection in Nienburg and Schaumburg in Lower Saxony reported a total of 1000 demonstrators who were spread across the two districts. In other cities in the state such as Braunschweig, the police counted around 1,100 people on the streets.