One protester wore a mask with the words “Merkel-Muzzle”, others held banners with slogans such as “Carnival Against Fascism”.
Although most Germans accept latest ‘lockdown light’ to tackle second wave of coronavirus, critics say law gives government too much power and endangers civil rights of citizens without parliamentary approval .
The far-right alternative for Germany (AfD) even compared it to the 1933 enabling law that paved the way for Hitler’s Nazi dictatorship.
One protester wore a mask with the words “Merkel-Muzzle”, others held banners with slogans such as: “For the Enlightenment.” Peace and freedom. “
The demonstrators wore no masks or social distances. Police in riot helmets lined up to prevent protesters from getting too close to the Parliament building.
Police are desperate to avoid a repeat of an incident in August when, during mass marches against coronavirus restrictions, protesters stormed the steps of the Reichstag Parliament building, some of them waving the far-right flag Reichsflagge.
The images have traveled the world and have been condemned by leading German politicians.
Germany, Europe’s largest economy, has been widely praised for keeping infection and death rates below those of many of its neighbors in the first phase of the crisis, but is now in the middle of a second wave, like much of the rest of Europe.
The number of coronavirus cases increased from 17,561 to 833,307, data from the Robert Koch Institute showed on Wednesday. The death toll stands at 13,119.