#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 13°C Wednesday 18 May 2022

Man dies after being detained by Berlin police during anti-restrictions clashes

Thousands of people had rallied in the German capital’s Mitte district.

Image: DPA/PA Images

A 49-YEAR-OLD MAN has died after being detained by police during protests in Berlin against the German government’s anti-coronavirus measures.

Police said the man who died had complained of tingling in his arm and chest while officers checked his ID in the capital’s Mitte district, where thousands of protesters had rallied despite an official ban on demonstrations.

Officers provided first aid to the man until an ambulance arrived and took him to the hospital, where he later died, police said.

A routine investigation has been opened into the man’s death.

demonstration-ban-in-berlin-police Thousands of people marched through Berlin yesterday. Source: DPA/PA Images

Thousands of anti-lockdown demonstrators defied a court-ordered protest ban yesterday and gathered in the streets of Berlin, resulting in scuffles with police.

Police said some protesters had “harassed and attacked” officers and ignored roadblocks, disrupting traffic in parts of the German capital.

“Our barriers are ignored, sometimes overrun and emergency services are attacked,” Berlin police tweeted.

A police spokesman said some 5,000 protesters had turned out.

About 600 people were detained during the demonstrations, which saw outbursts of violence as protesters defied orders to disperse and tried to break through police lines.

A police spokeswoman said authorities are still trying to determine how many protesters and officers were injured during yesterday’s events, which were spread out across a large area.

#Open journalism No news is bad news Support The Journal

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support us now

f9916fa7-53a8-4978-87b9-d2376dec1ad7 A demonstrator with a plastic bucket placed on his head reading ‘Absolutely safe against the stupidity virus’. Source: PA Images

The protest was called by the “Querdenker” (Lateral Thinkers) movement: a mix of critics of coronavirus vaccines, pandemic conspiracy theorists, and members of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Judges had banned several of its planned demos this weekend, including yesterday’s one that was expected to draw some 22,500 people.

The court said it could not allow the rallies to go ahead over fears that participants would flout rules on mask wearing and social distancing, at a time when Germany’s infection numbers are on the rise again.

Germany has relaxed many of the measures imposed during the height of the pandemic, but some requirements to wear masks indoors and present negative Covid-19 tests or certificates of vaccination are still in place.

With reporting from AFP.

About the author:

Press Association

Read next:


This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a commentcancel