Germany’s new “Infection Protection Law”, which is set to be more effective against the epidemic in a vote in the federal parliament, has put opponents of the law on the streets in the capital, Berlin. More than 150 people were detained.
Germany’s federal parliament has decided to put the brakes on the nationwide emergency after a growing number of cases of coronavirus. Following talks in the Bundestag, the new “Infection Protection Act” was passed by 342 lawmakers against 250, while 64 abstained. With the approval of the Federal Council, the law will take effect shortly.
Opponents of the law protested outside parliament when it was debated in parliament, claiming it contained elements that restricted their fundamental rights and freedoms. “Peace, Freedom,” the demonstrators chanted. We Don’t Want a Dictatorship”, “We are the people”, “Protect Constitutional Rights” chanted.
Police have taken extensive security measures around the parliament, blocking the perimeter of the parliament. Police also evacuated the square near the parliament building in front of July 17 Street and the Historic Brandenburg Gate, and frequently announced to demonstrators to disperse because the mask and distance rule had not been followed. During the protests, the police helicopter carried out aerial checks, while TOMA’s were on standby.
Police pepper-sprayed the demonstrators during the protest, which occasionally raised tensions. Nearly 150 demonstrators were detained. It is estimated that about 10,000 people attended the demonstrations. The bill is expected to be approved and enacted by the Federal Council tomorrow.