Thousands of people took to the streets across Germany on Monday to protest against stricter measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The number of coronavirus cases has risen rapidly in Germany in recent weeks. This is why the government intervenes. From Tuesday, the maximum group size will be reduced to ten people, and people who are not immune must test negative in more places, such as the train, and nightclubs and discos are closed. In addition, there may be an obligation to vaccinate in the state.
A protest in Bautzen, Saxony, led to clashes between police and demonstrators. Stones and firecrackers were thrown at police officers. Local media reported that a number of police officers were injured as a result. Police said several people were arrested and identified.
In northeastern Schwerin, about 2,700 people took part in the protest against a proposal to make vaccination mandatory. That despite the cold weather and slippery roads, according to police. Thousands also protested in Rostock.
Police said about 3,000 people demonstrated in downtown Magdeburg. In Halle there were again 1,500 demonstrators. Protests also broke out in other cities in Saxony-Anhalt.
There were also demonstrations in the state of Thuringia, with about 2,000 participants in Gera and about 1,300 in Altenburg. There were larger rallies and marches in Stadtilm, Hermsdorf, Saalfeld and Eisenach.
In Hesse, 1,000 people took part in protests in Saarbrücken and Fulda. There were also protests in other cities in the state.
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