More than 70000 people took to the streets across Germany on Monday night to protest against the country’s coronavirus measures.
According to police data, more than 70,000 people attended the various rallies across the country over a possible general vaccine mandate and other measures the government imposed to control the spread of COVID-19.
The protests came as German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach suggested an obligatory vaccination might be preferable to a renewed lockdown in the coming months.
“I would prefer that we protect [the unvaccinated] with a general obligation to be vaccinated, rather than with restrictions for everybody in the spring,” Lauterbach said.
One banner in Berlin said the mass protests are a gathering of “the vaccinated and the unvaccinated opposed to compulsory vaccination,” while another said, “whoever sleeps in a democracy wakes up in a dictatorship.”
Meanwhile, Germany hit a new record infection rate with 53,916 new cases and 143 new deaths.
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