Mass protests against Covid-19 restrictions hit eastern Germany — Analysis
Numerous former East German cities saw thousands of protestors take to the streets, disapproving of vaccine mandates and coronavirus restrictions that were introduced during the Omicron variant spread.
Some 3,500 demonstrators turned out for a protest against the restrictions in Magdeburg, the capital of Germany’s Saxony-Anhalt state on Monday. The city’s center was thronged with protesters who chanted slogans “Resistance!”Other slogans in opposition to the drastic measures taken due to rapid spreading of Covid-19 strain across Europe.
Some 30 separate demonstrations, the majority of them against the government’s coronavirus policy, were held in Saxony-Anhalt on Monday alone. Halberstadt was home to approximately 1,500 protestors, which is just over 4000 people.
Some 1,300 protestors showed up in Wittenberg which has a population of approximately 46,000.
Smaller demonstrations took place in Naumburg, Querfurt, Schönebeck, Aschersleben, and Dessau, among others.
“Significantly more people took part in the protests [this week] than last week,” local media reported, citing police estimates. In eastern Germany, protests are on the increase.
A representative of AfD, an anti-establishment party in Germany (Alternative for Germany), was present to respond to protests. expressed “full solidarity”Calling them the enemies of coronavirus strict measures is a way to get along with them “completely normal peaceful people”Who are they requesting their “civil liberties.”
Protests were peaceful and no incidents occurred. There have also been no reports about clashes or arrests between protestors against the mandate and those who participated in a counterprotest, which brought in several dozen Magdeburg residents.
Germany has been rocked by demonstrations after Berlin introduced new regulations amid Omicron concerns, including a law that makes Covid-19 vaccinations compulsory for all healthcare workers.
Despite growing public discontent over the restrictions, Germany’s new Chancellor Olaf Scholz dismissed the notion that the country was split on the issue, vowing to be the chancellor for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. Stolz said that those who are not vaccinated should be encouraged to obtain the Covid-19 vaccine. “would still like to convince them that vaccinations make sense.”