Berlin Bans Protest Against Pandemic Restrictions – Ban Then Overturned

ER Editor: UPDATE Aug. 28 –

UPDATE: German Court Overturns Protest Ban August 29th march free to go-ahead, following coronavirus guidelines.

UPDATE – which may or may not be true:

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So Germany has banned the massive upcoming protest this Saturday, August 29, against the coronavirus measures. In the Zerohedge piece below, relying on Reuters, Berlin Interior Minister, Andreas Geisel is quoted as saying:

“This is not a decision against freedom of assembly, but a decision in favor of infection protection,” he continued, adding that Berlin should not be “misused as a stage for corona deniers… and right-wing extremists.”

Isn’t it REALLY a ban on freedom of assembly? It sounds very much like it given his mention of ‘corona deniers’ and ‘right-wing extremists’. What is the definition of ‘misuse’ when it comes to legitimate public protest?

We remind readers of the massive protest that was held in Berlin (and London) on August 1 where an estimated 1.3 MILLION people attended. See “Masks are Muzzles”: Thousands March in Berlin & London Against Mandatory Masks & Covid-19 measures (PHOTOS, VIDEOS).

This Saturday, a major rally is going to be held in London (see image below), with some very eminent people in attendance. This was to be a moment where the 500-doctor strong ACU2020 of Germany would have hooked up via livestream with them, uniting two major protests. Now, one of them has been shutdown. Dr. Dolores Cahill at last weekend’s rally in Dublin mentioned this (our paraphrase) about the upcoming London march – notice the estimated figures given for the cancelled Berlin rally:

On August 29th there will be a major rally in London, with speakers like Dr. Scott Jensen of Minnesota who has been fired. Dr. Mohammad Adil made a video that got him fired. 15 doctors and nurses will be at this rally, including Dr. Sherry Tenpenny. The 500 German doctors of ACU2020 will be linking up by livestream. At their rally in Berlin on August 1, 2020, 1.3 million people showed up.Two million people are expected to show up on August 29 in Berlin.

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Berlin Bans Protest Against Pandemic Restrictions, Deploys Thousands Of Police

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Authorities in Berlin have banned a series of planned demonstrations against the country’s COVID-19 lockdown measures – claiming they were organized by “right-wing extremists” and would lead to the spread of the virus. The city is deploying several thousand police around the German capital this weekend, citing threats.

The German city notably did not ban a June Black Lives Matter protest in which approximately 15,000 people turned out.

June BLM protest in Berlin

Meanwhile, the Assembly for Freedom had 17,000 registered demonstrators for the August 29 event before Berlin shut it down.

“We are still in the middle of a pandemic with rising infection figures,” said Berlin Interior Minister, Andreas Geisel. “This is not a decision against freedom of assembly, but a decision in favor of infection protection,” he continued, adding that Berlin should not be “misused as a stage for corona deniers… and right-wing extremists.”

About 20,000 people, including libertarians, constitutional loyalists, far-right supporters and anti-vaccination activists, marched in Berlin on Aug. 1.

Geisel said the organisers of that protest had deliberately broken rules they had previously agreed with police, including wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

“Such behaviour is not acceptable. The state cannot be given the runaround,” he said, adding he did not want Berlin to be a stage for conspiracy theorists and right-wing extremists. –Reuters

Meanwhile, Germany’s right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) has called for a protest at the Brandenburg Gate against the ban.

The Senate is trampling on fundamental rights,” AfD said in a statement.

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