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German protesters protest coronavirus restrictions, fail to form a human chain around the lake



German protesters failed to gather enough people to form a human chain around a lake as thousands protested the coronavirus restrictions, according to reports.

Police said two different protests gathered in Constanta: some to criticize and others to support the government’s measures, Reuters reported.

The number of protesters was estimated at around 11,000, with the situation described as “calm”.

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Counter-protesters attempted to form a human chain around Lake Constance, but failed to attract enough people, Sky News reported.

A protester holds a German Reich flag with a photo of US President Donald Trump in front of the Brandenburg Gate before a demonstration against the German government's coronavirus measures in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Aug.29, 2020 - file photo .

A protester holds a German Reich flag with a photo of US President Donald Trump in front of the Brandenburg Gate before a demonstration against the German government’s coronavirus measures in Berlin, Germany on Saturday, Aug.29, 2020 – file photos .
(Christophe Gateau / dpa via AP)

Germany performed relatively well compared to other nations, with a lower infection and mortality rate for most of the pandemic.

However, the number of cases is on the rise again and the authorities are considering further restrictions, which have shocked sections of the population.

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Local authorities have imposed measures such as social distancing to combat the spread of the coronavirus, but have also banned the use of the German imperial flag of the Reich, a symbol used by neo-Nazis and other far-right groups.

Protesters gathered for a combination of causes, such as civil rights and anti-vaxx, with members of far-right groups participating, Sky News reported.

Marches have been held in Germany over the past month for similar causes, most notably in Berlin at the end of August.

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Police forcibly removed demonstrators who stormed the parliament building, some of whom carried the Reich flag.

“The flags of the Reich and the provocations of right-wing extremism in the face of the German Bundestag are an unbearable attack on the heart of our democracy,” said German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier of the incident. “We will never accept it.”

Robert Habeck, the co-leader of the German Green Party, called for a thorough investigation into the incident.

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“The fact that Nazis with imperial war flags try to storm the Bundestag is reminiscent of the darkest period in German history,” he told media group Funke.

Fox News’ Robert Gearty contributed to this report.


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