The Berlin Administrative Court ruled this Friday that the demonstration called by the deniers of the coronavirus pandemic on Saturday can take place days after the local authorities banned any protest called for this weekend over risks to public health.
The Berlin authorities announced on Wednesday a ban on demonstrations in the expectation that measures to contain the pandemic could not be guaranteed. They feared that scenes like the one on August 1 would repeat themselves when around 20,000 deniers gathered without a mask or distance.
The administrative court has approved the organizers and approved the final implementation of the protest, although the decision can still be appealed and is therefore not final.
The city-state’s interior minister, Andreas Geisel, argued this week that the veto of the protests “is not a decision against freedom of assembly, but a decision in favor of infection control”. “We are in the middle of the pandemic with a growing number of infections. This cannot be denied,” he said.
Health officials reported 1,571 new coronavirus infections within 24 hours on Friday. This is 239,507 infected people since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and keeps Germany in constant development.