A protest was held on Wednesday against a pending vaccine mandate and other pandemic-related restrictions in Munich, Germany’s third-largest city. The country’s new government hopes to have compulsory vaccination early next year.
Around 1,000 people gathered at Wittelsbach Square on Wednesday evening, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported, citing police.
A banner was displayed by opponents to mandatory vaccinations and severe pandemic restrictions. “Munich stands up for rights and freedoms.”Others held Bavarian flags, and shouted “freedom”As they marched.
Police said there weren’t any major incidents. A similar demonstration was held in Munich last week. 600 people participated. Police arrested several protesters who refused to wear masks. In recent days, demonstrations were held in several other cities.
The federal and regional leaders agreed that they would impose stricter restrictions earlier in the month on those not yet vaccinated. Germany’s new chancellor, Olaf Scholz, has said that compulsory vaccination should be in effect by early February or March, if the measure is approved by the parliament.
Scholz stated Wednesday to ARD that he would not be deterred by opposition. “Just because a vocal minority takes a very radical stand, we must not assume that the whole society is split. I think that’s a wrong way of looking at it,”“The chancellor spoke.