Germany: Night falls on Berlin protest against COVID measures after day of arrests

A massive protest against coronavirus measures was nearing its end in Berlin on Saturday evening. Scores of arrests marked the rally that gathered coronavirus sceptics, conspiracy theorists and others. Famous cookbook author and conspiracy theorist Attila Hildmann was amongst the demonstrators who were detained by the police. Thousands of people reportedly signed up to attend the demonstration against coronavirus measures before it was banned by city authorities over health concerns earlier this week. The decision was later overturned by the city's administrative court, which allowed the rally to go ahead under the condition that social distancing measures should be respected by participants. However, images from the rally showed few respected measures in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus. German Chancellor Angela Merkel originally announced a series of measures in March, in order to curb the spread of coronavirus. The measures have been gradually eased nationwide, however, in the past weeks the number of new infections has significantly increased.

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