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Thousands gather in Berlin to protest more Covid restrictions as parliament debates giving Merkel’s govt power to impose lockdowns
Demonstrators have gathered in the thousands in the German capital as the nations parliament debates whether to give Merkels government more power to impose lockdowns on areas with high Covid-19 infections.
Protesters, many of them not wearing face masks, descended on Berlin on Wednesday morning to demonstrate their opposition to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s proposal which would give the national government power to implement new restrictions if regional Covid-19 incident rates exceed certain thresholds.
Music could be heard playing as those gathered near the Brandenburg Gate waved flags and banners embroiled with the messages “End scaremongering now,” as well as “Peace, freedom, no dictatorship” and “democracy.”
The police said they have 2,200 officers on duty to secure the area and to ensure compliance with the Covid-19 rules. The Reichstag building and the Brandenburg Gate have been cordoned off. A spokesman for the police said water cannons were ready and could be used if necessary. Berlin police have been reinforced by the federal police and officers from several federal states.
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The parliament will vote on the new Infection Protection Law on Wednesday, which would give Merkel the power to introduce a nationwide lockdown or regional restrictions. The measures would include a nighttime curfew, school closures and new limits on private gatherings, sports and shop openings.