Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- Large crowds protested in Berlin against the German government's push to enshrine coronavirus restrictions into an existing law. Police intervened as the crowds tried to approach the parliament.
Several thousand of people gathered in central Berlin, banging pans and blowing whistles, to protest Chancellor Angela Merkel and the German government's efforts to better enforce restrictive coronavirus measures on Wednesday.
According to the Berlin police nearly 190 protesters were arrested and nine police officers were hurt in the clashes that followed.
Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer defended the police action, saying that the top government bodies were able to work without restrictions. He also said that the police are the protective shield of the constitutional state and thanked the emergency forces for their very important services.
Germany's lower and upper houses passed changes to Germany's existing infection protection law. The new measures will enable the government to impose restrictions on social contact, rules on mask-wearing, drinking alcohol in public, shutting shops and stopping sports events.