Germany: Protesters condemn coronavirus lockdown measures in Stuttgart

Anti-lockdown protesters, including those against future COVID-19 compulsory vaccines and those fearing permanent restrictions on fundamental rights, rallied in Stuttgart on Saturday. Several police vehicles stood at the Cannstatter Wasen area as they supervised the event in an attempt to monitor the compliance with the safety measures. Prof. Dr Stefan Homburg, director of the Institute for... Еще Public Finance at the University of Hanover addressed the crowd saying that the lockdown would have «big financial consequences» on the German federal states. He compared the coronavirus lockdown to the dystopian world of the popular 'Hunger Games' book and film series. «I see this lockdown as the tribute from Panem,» said Homburg. The demonstrators demanded «basic rights back»,» holding banners with messages such as «Corona is fake,» «Without freedom of speech, no truth,» and «No to vaccine #Killbill.» Over 50,000 participants were registered by the organiser, although the mayor of the city, Martin Schairer (CDU), decided to admit only up to 10,000 participants. People seemed to be largely ignoring social distancing guidelines, however. As of Saturday, Germany has 171,145 coronavirus cases and 7,532 fatalities with the virus according to the compiled data by Johns Hopkins University.

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