Despite the ban on the ‘lateral thinking’ demonstration, hundreds of opponents of Corona measures will march through Dresden city center on Saturday. The aggressive protests sometimes got out of hand.
Dresden (dpa) – Attack on police officers, violations of corona rules and hundreds of reports: Several incidents have taken place during demonstrations against the corona measures in Dresden.
Hundreds of protesters marched through the city center on Saturday – even though the courts had banned the recorded “lateral thinking” demonstration. In the city center, the protesters sometimes played cat and mouse with the police – police chains were overrun several times.
According to the police, twelve officers were injured. Nearly 50 criminal offenses were recorded, including physical assaults on law enforcement officers, insults and guns law violations. Police made hundreds of referrals and produced more than 900 reports of Corona violations. A 36-year-old was temporarily detained by the police. Three persons aged 16, 41 and 50 have been provisionally arrested. They are accused of assaulting law enforcement officials.
According to police, more than 1,000 people had gathered in the convention center near the state parliament on Saturday afternoon. Several hundred protesters then marched while officials were harassed. Six water cannons were deployed at a vaccination center to secure the facility. Hundreds of protesters also gathered in the city center on the Altmarkt. They criticized Corona measures on banners and chants, many did not wear masks and did not pay attention to their distances. More than 1,800 officers were on duty.
On Saturday evening, the Saxon Higher Administrative Court (OVG) in Bautzen upheld the ban on the “lateral thinking” demonstration scheduled for Saturday afternoon – following the Dresden Administrative Court. Due to the current contamination situation and the spread of virus variants, the registered meeting posed ‘no longer justified dangers’ for the participants of the meeting, police officers and passers-by.
Saxon Interior Minister Roland Wöller (CDU) condemned the violence against police officers and journalists. Criminals would be held accountable with “all the rigors of the rule of law”. At the same time, he warned against hasty statements and general criticism of the police. “Like any major mission, this one is also critically and thoroughly evaluated.”
After the protests, which sometimes got out of hand, there was an increasing demand for a revaluation. The left in the state parliament wants to request a special meeting of the Internal Commission, the Greens and the SPD support the demand.
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