German police are captured in viral video using measuring sticks and precision to see if protestors of Covid-19 vaccine mandates follow social distancing guidelines.
Although the source of this video remains a mystery, it was shared on social media and received over 1.8million views. The video was apparently shot in Frankfurt on Saturday and shows police walking through the crowd using folding rulers and checking if people are at least 1.5 metres apart.
Local media reported that around 200 protestors participated. However, police were satisfied that, while the protest was illegal, it was still carried out. “overall peaceful.” However, people watching police using their measuring sticks were heard on the video jeering and making derisive comments to the officers.
Reactions on social media were similar to the one seen by some observers notingThe police moved in close proximity to the protesters, taking their measurements. This was a violation of distancing rules. Others compared the crackdown with the Nazi-era days of fascist oppression.
“Germany is going full police state, measuring distances between people on the street with a yardstick,”One commenter said. “How will we ever be able to explain to our children that we let this happen?”
Although the incident marks the German authorities’ first use of social-distancing stick, police are not shy about their measurement tool. Frankfurt police boasted about their Covid-19 sticks last week in a tweet, claiming they would be used. “consistently” verify compliance with Germany’s social-distancing edict.
#0412FFM Unsere Einsatzkräfte werden das Einhalten der Regeln konsequent überprüfen.Die Auflagenverfügung der Versammlungsbehörde sieht einen Mindestabstand von 1.5m vor.Für eine nachvollziehbare Überprüfung nutzen wir diese Abstandshölzer ???? pic.twitter.com/RdiPfpNBRC
— Polizei Frankfurt (@Polizei_Ffm) December 4, 2021