Police disbanded the mass protest this afternoon in the city as protesters failed to don masks and flauted other coronavirus rules.
Tens of thousands took to the streets to protest against the country’s lockdown but were ironically disbanded for breaking lockdown rules.
“The minimum distancing is not being respected by most [of the demonstrators] despite repeated requests,” the police said. “There is no other option than to break up the gathering.”
After the announcement, the demonstrators shouted: “Resistance” and “We are the people”, a slogan often used by the far-right, and sang the German national anthem.
The protest barely left the Brandenburg Gate on Saturday morning before being broken up.
Hundreds of people continued to gather at Berlin’s iconic gate on Saturday, in a show of defiance against the police orders.
“Unfortunately, we have no other option,” Berlin police said on Twitter, referring to their order. “All the measures taken so far have not led to compliance with the conditions.”
A police spokesman said the protesters were dispersing peacefully, though there were also reports on social media of sporadic disturbances, such as a construction container fire and blocked roads.
Police said at least two people have been arrested after bottles and rocks were thrown at them.
There were reports of other clashes with police in other parts of the city.
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