Thousands Take to Streets in Germany to Protest Lockdown (+Video)
- May, 12, 2020 - 13:53
- World news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Angela Merkel is under pressure after Germany erupted into chaos when thousands took to the streets to protest against coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
Several thousands people took to the streets at the weekend in the cities of Munich, Augsburg and Nuremberg to protest the restrictions.
German Police arrested 86 people in Berlin after violence broke out during a demonstration in the central square of Alexanderplatz on Saturday. One officer was injured and another person was injured during an incident in front of the Reichstag building where 45 people were detained, Express reported.
Police said a man attacked a TV crew member during a protest in the city of Dortmund. The 23-year-old was arrested.
Germany has begun to ease some of its coronavirus lockdown restrictions - but protestors have taken to the streets to protest over claims the invisible killer virus is harmless or a global conspiracy.
Protestors in Cologne were even urging shoppers to take their masks off when entering shops.
Schools have gradually opened for all pupils and states will each decide on reopening restaurants, hotels and gyms.
Germany went into lockdown in March to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Based on infection levels, states will decide on their own about a gradual opening of universities, bars, trade fairs, cosmetic studios, brothels, theatres, cinemas and discos all under certain hygiene and distancing concepts.
Individual states will also decide on limiting contact between people.
Germany has been more successful than other large European countries in slowing the virus' spread.
But in a bid to prevent a second widespread coronavirus outbreak, the federal and state governments agreed in preliminary talks that if the number of new infections rises after restrictions on public life are eased, local restrictions should be reintroduced immediately.
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, there are 172,295 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany, with over 7,600 fatalities as of Monday.