Germany: Hundreds join silent march to contest COVID restrictions in Stuttgart

Hundreds of COVID sceptics took to the streets in Stuttgart protesting the lockdown and restrictions implemented by the federal government to impede the spread of disease. The march ran through the city centre under police watch, in stark contrast with the tense and violent scenes at counter-demos, including in Berlin on Sunday. 500 participants were registered to attend, according to the Interior Ministry. «What is going on here is simply not democratic at all, especially these sometimes extreme measures in demonstrations, in peaceful demonstrations with regard to water cannons, with regard to the police squadrons, an insane brutality,» stated protester Toni Michel. «Those in Berlin should simply see that we are many, extremely many, who simply do not agree with these measures and, above all, with the destabilisation of democracy,» he continued. After Germany experienced record increases in the number of coronavirus cases in October, the country entered a month-long partial lockdown on November 2, with restaurants limited to takeaway service only. Theatres, cinemas, and public recreation centres, including swimming pools, gyms, and saunas are to stay closed, while new restrictions have been put in place to limit social contact.
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