Courts in many places in Germany suspended anti-pandemic demonstrations.
Every weekend, anti-pandemic marches are held across Germany. Among them, the most active protest against the German government’s pandemic prevention policy is the “horizontal thinking” organization.
The group has continuously launched demonstrations across Germany, including coronavirus skeptics and anti-lockdown activists, who claim that the coronavirus pandemic and pandemic prevention-related regulations violate civil liberties.
In view of the intensification of the coronavirus pandemic, several courts have banned anti-lockdown demonstrations on the 12th this weekend. A high administrative court in central Hesse dismissed an appeal intended to overturn the ban on large-scale demonstrations in Frankfurt, citing the risk of infection.
However, supporters of “horizontal thinking” and protesters of the movement still took to the streets and clashed in the center of the city. According to local police, the authorities finally had to use high-pressure water guns to disperse the two teams.
On the same day, the High Administrative Court of Saxony also upheld the local court’s judgment and prohibited “horizontal thinking” from holding a demonstration in Dresden on the 12th.
However, the local police still did not dare to relax at all, and took large-scale actions, including preventing marchers from gathering, repatriating two buses from other places directly on the highway to participate in the protest, arresting some violent elements, etc.
According to the information released by the Frankfurt police that night, the overall situation was relatively calm that day, with a total of nearly 300 administrative violations punished, and 25 criminal violations investigated and punished included insults, provocation, health certificate fraud, etc., and 72 people were temporarily detained.
Well-known protest leaders were hospitalized for infection with the pandemic.
In addition, according to a German media report on the 12th, an important leader of Horizontal Thinking Group has been infected with the novel coronavirus and is seriously ill and needs to be treated on a ventilator.
The man has participated in organizing many protests. On November 7, he participated in an anti-lockdown demonstration in Leipzig. Eight days later, he was diagnosed and sent to the hospital for treatment.
The director of Leipzig Hospital, who admitted the patient, said in an interview with the media that the virus will not be treated differently and anyone may be infected.
It is worth mentioning that the parade in Leipzig was criticized by the media at that time because the number of applicants was 16,000, but the actual number was as high as 45,000, and no one at the scene maintained a safe distance or wore masks. Finally, it triggered a riot.
In view of the serious response to the pandemic in Germany, Chancellor Merkel decided to urgently convene a new round of coronavirus summit on the 13th to consult with the governors of the federal states on the pandemic situation again, focusing on whether to impose stricter restrictions before the Christmas holiday.