Germany bursts into protests: armed police with water cannons prepare for riots in Dresden | World | New


Images show armed police assembling at stations in Dresden ahead of protests against restrictions to contain the pandemic that critics say are too strict. The “Querdenken” initiative recorded a rally of 4,000 people, which has since been banned by a German court.

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Saxony’s higher administrative court banned the protests in a decision last Saturday.

The city of Dresden initially imposed a ban on all large gatherings, citing the number of participants and the consequent risks to public safety in the context of the pandemic.

They also argued that previous protests have featured large numbers of people not wearing masks.

Saxony Minister-President Michael Kretschmer said: “Our great wish is that this event does not take place. ”

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has increased from 28,438 to 1,300,516, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for Infectious Diseases showed on Saturday.

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Discussions on Sunday will focus on whether stores should be closed before the Christmas break and when for such a move, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“We need to take measures in the coming days that are very deep and very impactful,” German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz told members of his Social Democratic Party at an online event.

Germany, which has Europe’s largest economy, was more successful than many European countries in bringing the pandemic under control during the first wave in March and April, but struggled to reverse the trend in the second wave with what has been dubbed a “lockdown lite”,

New daily coronavirus infections soared to 28,438, while the daily death toll stood at 496, data from the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases (RKI) showed on Saturday.

Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told the RND press group on Saturday that hospital intensive care units were starting to be stretched to their limits and Germany could not wait until after Christmas to respond.

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