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Thousands protest under Nazi slogan in Berlin over coronavirus restrictions

Christian Fernsby ▼ | August 1, 2020
Thousands of people took to the streets in downtown Berlin to protest coronavirus restrictions amid an ongoing rise in the number of new coronavirus cases.
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Around 15,000 protesters, refusing to wear face masks and not complying with the social distancing rules, called for an end to the coronavirus restrictions.

Topics: Protest Berlin

Police had repeatedly urged the demonstrators to abide by the social distancing rules.

Organized by coronavirus deniers and Nazi activists, the motto of the demonstration was "The End of the Pandemic Freedom Day" based on the title of a propaganda film produced by Leni Riefenstahl about the Nazi party congress in 1935.

People voiced opposition to protective measures with whistles and chants like “freedom” or “resistance”. Slogans such as “The biggest conspiracy theory is the coronavirus pandemic” were also heard from within the crowd.