Germany: Tensions high as police detain several at Berlin rally against COVID measures

Tensions were high as police detained several protesters at a rally against coronavirus measures in Berlin on Saturday. Famous cookbook author and conspiracy theorist Attila Hildman was amongst the demonstrators who were detained by law enforcement officers. A protester was also seen standing in front of a police line, while holding a flower up in the air. 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. 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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