Court allows protest against the Corona policy

Court allows protest against the Corona policy

The Berlin Administrative Court has overturned the police's order banning a planned demonstration against the Corona policy.

People demonstrate against the current Corona measures.

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People demonstrate against the current Corona measures.

The event on Saturday could take place under certain conditions, a court spokesman told dpa on August 28, 2020. The decision is not yet legally binding. The State of Berlin now intends to appeal to the Higher Administrative Court, as Police President Barbara Slowik had confirmed shortly before the announcement of the decision in the event of a legal defeat in the first instance.

Police sees high health risk to the population

For the protest on Saturday in Berlin, the initiative "Querdenken 711" from Stuttgart had registered 22,000 participants on the Straße des 17. The police assembly authority had banned this large demonstration and nine other smaller events on Wednesday. The reason given by the police for this step was that the accumulation of tens of thousands of people - often without masks and distances - poses too high a health risk to the population. This had already been shown by the demonstration against the Corona policy on August 1 in Berlin, in which most demonstrators deliberately ignored hygiene rules.

Condition: minimum distance must be maintained

According to the court spokesman, the organizers were given the order to move the location of the main stage slightly so that there is enough space. There must be a minimum distance of 300 meters between video walls. In addition, the organizer must ensure that participants in the rally maintain a minimum distance by means of regular loudspeaker announcements and stewards. Therefore, the obligation to wear masks is not part of the requirements.

Senator expects up to 50,000 protesters

The Senate and police are under pressure because of the ban and much criticism of it. Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) explained the decision in numerous interviews and statements. Most recently he spoke in the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" of originally 50,000 expected demonstrators. Among them were many "from the right-wing extremist spectrum with a considerable potential for aggression".

Source: dpa

| Last edited: Friday, 28. August 2020 15:07 Uhr

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