German police halt Covid-19 restrictions protest in Berlin

Some 18,000 people took to the streets of Berlin today to protest against Covid-19 restrictions.

The protests saw 3,000 police officers, including 1,000 federal police being deployed along with specialist equipment such as water cannons.

However, the police halted the protests because many were not social distancing.

The protests, which were allowed to go ahead following a legal battle, begun at Brandenburg Gate where it was halted by police.

Berlin police chief Barbara Slowik did warn that if virus safety rules were not met, then police would clear the area.

A statement from the police said that “Unfortunately, we have no other option”, “All the measures taken so far have not led to compliance with the conditions”.

The majority of the protesters did disperse peacefully however.

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