Berlin authorities this Wednesday banned several demonstrations for the weekend in the German capital, including one planned by groups opposed to the COVID-19 pandemic on suspicion that the basic rules of compliance with the pandemic were not being followed Spread of the coronavirus.
City-state interior minister Andreas Geisel has stated that the promise that the participants will wear masks is not enough to convince the authorities that the concentrations can be carried out with the necessary safety.
As an example, Geisel cited the denialist protest on August 1, when around 20,000 people gathered in central Berlin to protest the restrictions to contain the pandemic. The police broke concentration after verifying that the distances were not respected and that many participants were not wearing masks.
“It is not a decision against freedom of assembly, it is a decision in favor of infection control,” Geisel said. “We are in the middle of the pandemic with a growing number of infections. This cannot be denied,” he said.