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Man dies after being detained by police during Covid-19 restrictions protest in Berlin

A 49-year-old man has died after being detained by police in Berlin during a Covid-19 restrictions protest.

According to police, the man complained about tingling in his arm and chest while he was detained by officers, who were checking his ID.

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First aid was provided to the man until an ambulance arrived, which took him to hospital. The man was later pronounced dead in hospital.

An investigation into the man’s death is currently underway.

The protests followed a court order which banned public gatherings in the streets of Berlin, resulting in scuffles with police.

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Approximately 600 people were arrested following the demonstrations where many protesters and police officers were injured.

Querdenker, who organised the protest, had planned several demonstrations over the weekend which were banned by Berlin’s administrative court.

The court stated that it could not allow the rallies to go ahead amid fears that demonstrators would fail to wear facial coverings and maintain social distancing.

More than 2,000 police officers were deployed to the streets of Berlin to deal with the protests, with officers stating that they were harassed and attacked during the protests.

It is not clear at the present moment how many protesters and police officers were injured during the protests.

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