ER Editor: We are including here RT’s rolling coverage of the Berlin protests this past Saturday, April 25, 2020:
“I Want My Life Back” – German Anti-Lockdown Protests Worsen
More than a thousand anti-quarantine protesters turned out for a rally in the German capital, Berlin, on Saturday, resulting in dozens of arrests. This is a continuation from last weekend as social decay worsens.
Saturday’s protest saw mainly leftist activist but also a mix of right-wing folks. Police were armed with riot gear and weapons, posted up around Rosa Luxemburg square.
Protesters yelled, “I want my life back” and displayed signs that said, “Protect constitutional rights,” “Freedom isn’t everything, but without freedom, everything is nothing,” and “Daddy, what is a kiss?” reported Reuters.
Protesters handed out flyers entitled “Democratic Resistance,” which stated the COVID-19 pandemic is ushering in the surveillance state as the government seizes power by spreading fear.
Police spokesman Thilo Cablitz said the city approved an event where people were to hand out flyers and follow social distancing rules — but it eventually transformed into a protest that got out of hand.
“During coronavirus times and according to containment regulations, we are obliged to prevent a gathering,” Cablitz said.
Some protesters abided by social distancing rules while others blatantly ignored them, and were visibly upset, calling for an end to the government lockdown. Here are some of the scenes that unfolded in Berlin on Saturday:
Social unrest has not only been limited to Germany. We noted last week that Paris experienced riots as people are losing their minds in quarantine. (ER: Paris is getting nothing exceptional happening in this regard. Here we expect difficulties in the immigrant-packed suburbs or ‘banlieux’, which is what is being reported here. There is nothing happening here, however, quite like a group of ordinary citizens, so to speak, protesting against the lockdown on the streets as they are in Berlin. But no doubt, protests of some sort will erupt after the lockdown ends on May 11.)
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Germany has reported 157,177 confirmed cases and 5,913 deaths on Sunday. The country is the fourth hardest-hit area in Europe, behind France, Italy, and Spain. (ER: we strongly caution readers against the reliability of these statistics, as we’ve published on several times.)
Unrest in Germany comes at a time when Italy has started to lift lockdown restrictions, now allowing certain shops to reopen. Small and medium-sized businesses have been coming back online in recent days.
Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte has called on the European Union to issue it “corona-bonds” to help it restart its economy after plunging into chaos amid one of the worst outbreaks in the bloc.
Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, has had some push back on the Italian corona-bond idea. And just maybe, Italy is prematurely opening its economy to secretly force a second virus wave that would send its economy into a double-dip depression that would force Germany and the European Union to issue it corona-bonds.
Things are getting messy in Europe as social unrest appears be the evolution of the virus crisis.
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