There was no sign of anti-lockdown protesters in Leipzig on Saturday as dozens gathered in a counter-demo where the original rally was supposed to take place.
The anti-lockdown protest was announced after the German Bundestag adopted legislation which gives the government a stronger legal basis to impose restrictions to fight the spread of COVID-19. The call to protest has sparked fears of a repeat of the November 8 Leipzig rally that attracted around 40,000 attendees and resulted in serious clashes between protesters and the police.
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.