over 10,000 democrats on the streets in Berlin
by Ralph T. Niemeyer
During the past weeks a growing number of leftist democrats gathered in defiance of the Coronavirus curfew in the centre of Berlin, the German capital.
This time there were barriers for the first time, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz was cordoned off extensively, but nevertheless the protest was spreading over many other areas. Conservative estimates of the number of participants range between 10 and 15,000.
On this April 25, 2020, over 10,000 Democrats protested the Corona regime for the fifth consecutive Saturday in Berlin.
People flocked around the side streets around Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Alexanderplatz, the television tower and Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse where one could see and hear a wide range of democrats, red flags, chants, drums.
Despite extensive barriers and massive police presence, the democracy movement is growing rapidly.
The Karl Liebknecht house, hq of the parliamentary leftist party DIE LINKE was cordoned off by the police, the so-called Left Party has submerged as the party is a coalition partner of the city government together with Social Democrats and Greens.
The city of Berlin government then ordered the police to have the Democrats be pushed back.
Again numerous, sometimes brutal arrests took place as in the weeks before.
This comes at a time when Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is facing strong criticism over it’s alleged overreaction to the Covid-19 pandemic crisis by shutting down the country completely although no higher mortality occured and hospitals remained empty even before the wave was to strike Germany.
At the same time, the government seems to take advantage by pushing through a tough agenda that would reshape Germany and lead to a new economic regime that might end in abolishing civil rights.
The fear goes around that civil rights will be suspended until a vaccination was found which many say is dangerous as the WHO itself warned today of such to be introduced without proper testing.