Massive protests have taken place in Berlin and London against the continued Coronavirus lockdown and against mandatory vaccination.
Tens of thousands gathered in Berlin at the historic Brandenburg Gate, calling for the Covid-19 restrictions to end. Some carried Swedish flags, signifying approval for that country’s response to the crisis, and denied that the rally was made up of far-right extremists, according to DW.com.
“They’re the minority,” one said. “I’m a father. I just don’t think the coronavirus measures are appropriate.”
The authorities seemed surprised by the size of the turnout in Berlin, while some commentators noted that the huge attendance could not be dismissed as a gathering of extremists or cranks.
Berlin anti-lockdown demonstration yesterday. Surely not all lunatics and Neo-Nazis? pic.twitter.com/En96OqcNEi
— Peter Hitchens (@ClarkeMicah) August 30, 2020
Nephew of assassinated US President John F Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. spoke to the crowd in Berlin on Saturday, claiming that the “pandemic is a crisis of convenience for the elite who are dictating these policies”.
“Fifty years ago, my uncle John F. Kennedy came to this city. He came to this land, because Berlin was the frontline against global totalitarianism. And today again, Berlin is frontline against global totalitarianism,” he told the massive gathering.
Later, several hundred protests broke away from the main demonstration and attempted to storm the Reichstag parliament building, breaking through barriers and a police cordon. The police pushed back with pepper spray and arrests, saying that stones and bottles were thrown at officers.
In London, thousands also protested the lockdown in Trafalgar Square, with some claiming the restrictions were a curtailment of civil liberties or were based on a hoax.
Protests also took place in Paris and other cities across the globe. Covid restrictions are now entering their seventh month in many countries.