Hundreds Arrested in Berlin While Protesting Coronavirus Restrictions

Germany's capital city of Berlin became the scene of intense protests against restrictions imposed by the government to combat the coronavirus.

Hundreds Arrested in Berlin While Protesting Coronavirus Restrictions

Germany’s capital city of Berlin became the scene of intense protests against restrictions imposed by the government to combat the coronavirus.

German law enforcement used water cannons in an attempt to disperse demonstrators who have been protesting the government’s consideration of its authority to impose additional COVID-19 restrictions. The crowd of protesters numbered between 5,000 to 10,000 people while more than 200 arrests were made on Wednesday.

The protesters claim that the German government’s actions will be a “corona dictatorship.”

The protests took place in the streets of Berlin while parliament debated a bill that, according to the Associated Press, “would provide legal underpinning for the government to issue social distancing rules, require masks in public and to close stores and other venues to slow the spread of the virus.”

The measure passed both chambers of parliament and was signed by German President Angela Merkel the same afternoon.

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