More than a thousand right-wing extremists and “empire citizens” were expected to demonstrate in Berlin’s government district. a few hundred came. The police stopped the demonstration.
Berlin (AP) – The Berlin police broke up a demonstration by right-wing extremists in the government district on Saturday. As a spokesperson for the authority said, the participants in the lift at Straße des 17. Juni did not adhere to the requirements for corona protection.
Many did not wear masks and did not maintain a minimum distance. According to police, the number of participants was in the bottom three-digit range and there were some arrests. Bottles had also flown in the direction of counter-protests, according to a DPA reporter. Several demonstrations were registered in Berlin on Saturday, including against the Corona laws. So far, the day has passed without major incidents, police said early afternoon.
Previously, the police expected a low four-digit number of participants in the various protests. An early morning car parade was canceled due to a lack of participants. About 300 people came to leave counter protests on the Unter den Linden boulevard.
The police had been preparing for a larger event throughout the day of the operation, armed with as many as 1,800 people according to their own information. Secure contact points for the media have been prepared for the first time. The chief of constitutional protection, Michael Fischer, had said beforehand that all the calling groups had more or less clear references to right-wing extremists. They also include people who are willing to use violence.
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