Around a thousand protests were called this Thursday in Berlin, the German capital, after the authorities banned a march against the government’s restrictions on the coronavirus pandemic.
The number is expected to rise as calls are extended online, according to a government spokesman. Demonstrations in Berlin can be accessed online by filling out a form.
Many of the demonstrators have pointed out that the protests must continue despite the ban, and others have called for violence, which prompted police to cordon off areas in central Berlin, particularly near the Brandenburg Gate.
Berlin Interior Minister Andreas Geisel has announced the deployment of thousands of counterinsurgency officers to prevent demonstrations and protests and to ensure that the demonstrators comply with the applicable regulations.