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Thousands gather for 'end of the pandemic' protest in Berlin, ignore coronavirus safety measures

Thousands gathered in Berlin on Saturday to protest coronavirus restrictions as authorities raise concerns about a rise in new infections.

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The demonstration, called “The end of the pandemic – freedom day,” drew people from various parts of Germany after weeks of planning. Police used bullhorns to ask participants to adhere to safety precautions, including social distancing and wearing masks.

Thousands march along the 'Friedrichstrasse' during the demonstration against corona measures in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. The initiative "Querdenken 711" has called for this. The motto of the demonstration is "The end of the pandemic - Freedom Day".

Thousands march along the ‘Friedrichstrasse’ during the demonstration against corona measures in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. The initiative “Querdenken 711” has called for this. The motto of the demonstration is “The end of the pandemic – Freedom Day”.
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“We’re here and we’re loud, because we are being robbed of our freedom,” the crowd chanted. The protesters held up signs with phrases such as “We are being forced to wear a muzzle,” “Natural defense instead of vaccination” and “Corona, false alarm.”

People mostly without face masks attend a demonstration with the slogan ‚The end of the pandemic - freedom day' - against coronavirus restrictions in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. It comes amid increasing concern about an upturn in infections in Germany. Posters in center reads: 'Stop it! Enough is enough'.

People mostly without face masks attend a demonstration with the slogan ‚The end of the pandemic – freedom day’ – against coronavirus restrictions in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. It comes amid increasing concern about an upturn in infections in Germany. Posters in center reads: ‘Stop it! Enough is enough’.

Previous protests have drawn attendees of all sorts, notably including right-wing populists and conspiracy theorists.

People mostly without face masks attend a demonstration with the slogan ‚The end of the pandemic - freedom day' - against coronavirus restrictions in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. It comes amid increasing concern about an upturn in infections in Germany.

People mostly without face masks attend a demonstration with the slogan ‚The end of the pandemic – freedom day’ – against coronavirus restrictions in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. It comes amid increasing concern about an upturn in infections in Germany.

The recent protest was largely devoid of the standard safety measures that the government has enforced, with many refusing to wear masks or keep their distance.

Protestors show a poster reading: 'Mask away' as they attend a demonstration with the slogan ‚The end of the pandemic - freedom day' - against coronavirus restrictions in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. It comes amid increasing concern about an upturn in infections in Germany.

Protestors show a poster reading: ‘Mask away’ as they attend a demonstration with the slogan ‚The end of the pandemic – freedom day’ – against coronavirus restrictions in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. It comes amid increasing concern about an upturn in infections in Germany.

Overall, Germany’s approach to handling the pandemic has been viewed as largely successful. The country has had a relatively lower death rate compared to other nations, with just over 9,000 deaths out of around 210,000 infections.

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But the nation has seen an increase in infections in recent weeks, registering 955 cases on Friday. The government has made testing free for people re-entering the country, concerned that trips abroad might be fueling a resurgence of the virus.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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