Anti-lockdown protests took place in several European cities on Saturday, some of which led to clashes between protesters and police.
why does it matter: As case numbers and variables in Europe’s RushThe vaccine was released Slow And countries are gone Return to closure. The protests are part of the growing frustration with COVID-19 restrictions on the continent.
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details: About 20,000 people filled the streets of the German city of Kassel to protest the closure. The German Wave Reports.
Several protesters attacked members of the security forces, who then deployed water cannons and pepper spray against the crowd.
In Berlin, 500 protesters turned out, although the police eventually outnumbered them.
The demonstrations came after Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Germany would withdraw the “emergency brakes” regarding easing restrictions, AP Reports.
Thousands of protesters They also went out in London on Saturday to protest against the months-long lockdown, on the same day that parliament members called for the lifting of restrictions on demonstrators. NPR Reports. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is illegal to gather to protest.
Protesters clashed with police, with Scotland Yard eventually reporting 36 arrests, most of them for breaching COVID-19 safety restrictions. The Independent.
Smaller protests It also occurred in other parts of Europe. In Helsinki, 400 masked people demonstrated against the restrictions France 24.
In Vienna, nearly 1,000 protesters gathered near the city’s central train station to protest. Many were reprimanded by the police for not wearing masks and not maintaining social distancing.
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