Highlights:

  • On Wednesday, the German police unleashed water cannon and pepper spray to scatter thousands of protestors.
  • The protestors threw bottles and set off smoke bombs at the police near the Brandenburg Gate.
  • Around 190 people have been arrested by the police.
  • It has been informed that nine officers were injured.
  • Critics have claimed that the amendment endangers citizens’ civil rights. 
  • The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) has compared the amendment with the 1933 Enabling Act that paved the way to Hitler’s Nazi dictatorship.

On Wednesday, the German police unleashed water cannon and pepper spray to scatter thousands of protestors. The protestors were protesting about the plans laid down by Chancellor Angela Merkel to set a legal framework for enforcing coronavirus restrictions. 

Reportedly, the protestors threw bottles and set off smoke bombs at the police near the Brandenburg Gate. As per sources, the police have detained a few protestors. The police requested the crowds to disperse. Around 190 people have been arrested by the police. It has been informed that nine officers were injured. The demonstrators were angry about the legislation that is due to be passed by the Parliament.

The legislation would lead the federal to impose curbs on social contact, rules on mask-wearing, drinking alcohol in public, and many more. Meanwhile, the Germans have accepted the latest lockdown protocols to manage the second wave of the coronavirus. However, critics have claimed that the amendment endangers citizens’ civil rights. The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) has compared the amendment with the 1933 Enabling Act that paved the way to Hitler’s Nazi dictatorship.

Germany has been highly praised for keeping infection and death rates below than many of its neighboring nations. However, at present, it is in the phase of a second wave like several other nations of Europe.

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