UPDATE 03. May 2021: Pushback against excessive and arbitrary restrictions. Thousands Attend ‘No More Lockdown Rodeo Rally’ in Canada. “We’ve had enough of the governmental and media lies and we’re ready to stand up and say alright we have freedom. I don’t even recognize Canada anymore."
UPDATE 02. April 2021: In France, military police and civilian police decide not to favour the globalist system and stand by the population - Must Watch
Covid third wave grips Europe: Police clash with demonstrators as huge anti-lockdown protests break out in Germany and Switzerland while streets of Paris lay empty on first day of new shutdown
- Demonstrators took to streets in central German city of Kassel and were pictured engaging with riot police
- In Berlin , some 1,800 police were on standby for possible riots, but only few dozen protesters assembled
- In Zagreb, the Croatian capital, protesters also took to the streets to demonstrate against coronavirus
- In Paris, images showed eerily quiet streets as non-essential shops in the city were closed from Saturday
|Protestors hold up a banner reading 'Enough is enough - let's take back our lives' in Kassel|
Protesters clashed with police in Germany and Croatia and some took to the streets in Switzerland on Saturday as new lockdowns were introduced in France, Poland and Ukraine to battle a third wave of coronavirus.
Police used pepper spray to disperse people protesting against coronavirus curbs in the German city of Kassel in one of the country's largest such rallies so far this year.
The protest attracted between 15,000 and 20,000 demonstrators, a Kassel police spokesman told AFP, making it one of the largest such rallies so far this year.
Several groups, most of them opponents of government's regulations to fight the pandemic, had called for protests Saturday in cities across the country.
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In Berlin, some 1,800 police officers were on standby for possible riots, but only a few dozen protesters assembled at the city's landmark Brandenburg Gate.
In Switzerland, thousands of demonstrators descended on the small northern Swiss town of Liestal, while others gathered in Basel, to demand an end to measures that have shut restaurants and other venues for months.
In Zagreb, the Croatian capital, protesters also gathered to rail against coronavirus.
Meanwhile, in Paris, images showed eerily quiet streets as non-essential shops in the city were closed from Saturday for at least a month to try to grapple with rising infection rates.
In total, a third of France's population woke up to new restrictions.
In Poland most shops will be shut for the next three weeks along with hotels and cinemas, with similar measures introduced in Ukraine's capital Kiev.
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6h26 LIVESTREAM: Protesters stage rally against COVID measures in Kassel
Anti-lockdown protesters are rallying in Kassel on Saturday, March 20, to demonstrate against measures introduced to contain the coronavirus pandemic. The rally is expected to be met by counter-protests. On March 4, Germany extended its coronavirus lockdown until March 28. A plan was established to allow partial relaxations in regions with relatively low infection rates, such as opening non-essential businesses and other facilities on a limited basis. However due to a rising incidence rate, it is probable that expected lockdown relaxations will be postponed.
Protesters clashed with police in Germany and Croatia on Saturday as new lockdowns were introduced in France, Poland and Ukraine to battle a third wave of coronavirus. Pictured: Demonstrators clash with police in Kassel, central Germany
Several groups, most of them opponents of government's regulations to fight the pandemic, had called for protests Saturday in cities across the country. Pictured: A protester engages with police
Participants scuffle at a rally under the slogan 'Free citizens Kassel - basic rights and democracy' in Kassel, Germany, Saturday, March 20, 2021. According to police, several thousand people were on the move in the city center and disregarded the instructions of the authorities during the unregistered demonstration against Corona measures
Protestors gather for a demonstration to demand the compliance of basic rights and an end of the restrictive coronavirus measures in Kassel, central Germany, on March 20
Participants stand with a Corona virus replica at a rally under the motto 'Free citizens Kassel - basic rights and democracy' in Kassel, Germany, Saturday, March 20
Several thousand people gathered at the main protest site on a square in Kessel's city centre, packed closely together without wearing face masks, an AFP reporter saw.
Scuffles erupted when a group of demonstrators tried to break through a police cordon to join up with other protesters, resulting in shoving and prompting officers to use pepper spray.
'This is not what a peaceful protest looks like,' North Hesse police tweeted.
Officers had used 'pepper spray and batons' against protesters, police said, adding that there had been 'repeated attacks' against emergency service workers.
'We don't tolerate such attacks,' they wrote, saying they had water cannon on stand by.
The protest was called by the 'Querdenker' or Lateral Thinkers movement, an umbrella group that has organised some of Germany's largest 'anti-corona' demonstrations since the start of the pandemic.
The movement has drawn in people from the far-left, conspiracy theorists, anti-vaxxers and right-wing extremists.
Some of them don't believe the pandemic is real, while others claim the curbs imposed to rein in the coronavirus infringe on their civil rights.
Some demonstrators in Kassel held up signs that read 'End the lockdown' and 'Corona rebels', or carried heart-shaped balloons.
Pictured: Police arrive to face protestors who take part in a demonstration to demand the compliance of basic rights and an end of the restrictive coronavirus measures in Kassel, central Germany, on March 20, 2021
The movement has drawn in people from the far-left, conspiracy theorists, anti-vaxxers and right-wing extremists. Pictured: People hold banners during a protest against ongoing lockdown measures during the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic on March 20
Some protesters don't believe the pandemic is real, while others claim the curbs imposed to rein in the coronavirus infringe on their civil rights. Pictured: Protestors take part in a march demanding the compliance of basic rights and an end of the restrictive coronavirus measures in Kassel, central Germany, on March 20
Many also waved 'Querdenker' flags from different parts of the country, suggesting people had travelled to join the rally.
The founder of the Querdenker movement, Michael Ballweg, in late December urged supporters to halt their protests until the spring.
The Kassel protest's organisers had registered for up to 6,000 participants.
Several other German cities saw similar rallies last weekend, but on a smaller scale.
German police clash with protesters at Kassel demonstration against Covid-19 restrictions (VIDEO)
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Multiple scuffles broke out on the streets of Kassel, Germany as Covid-19 lockdown skeptics and counterprotesters gathered, and police deployed mace and batons to contain the demonstration.
Protests against Covid-19 restrictions in multiple major cities across the country were planned for Saturday, with the biggest occurring in the central German city of Kassel.
•Mar 20, 2021 Germany: Scuffles break out as COVID-sceptics and counter-protesters take to Kassel streets
According to local media reports, citing police, at least 10-20 thousand people showed up for a rally there, many of them refusing to wear masks.
The marching protesters chanted “Wir sind das Volk” (“We are the people”) at one point, a slogan commonly used in the past during anti-communism demonstrations in East Germany.
Protesters also carried signs reading ‘Corona Rebels’ and ‘End the Lockdown.’
Counter-protesters also took to the streets and footage from the event shows scuffles breaking out between the two groups, as well as pushing matches between demonstrators and police officers wearing riot gear. Police revealed they used pepper spray, batons, and even a water cannon to keep the protest contained as people tried breaking through barriers in place and began throwing objects like water bottles.
“This is not what a peaceful protest looks like,” North Hesse police tweeted about the protesters’ actions.
Germany: Anti-lockdown protest turns violent in Kassel
German police used water cannon and pepper spray against protesters rallying over the coronavirus lockdown in the city of Kassel. The country is facing a surge of COVID-19 infections.
Authorities expected the Kassel protest to draw 20,000 people
Protesters attacked several members of Germany's security forces in the central city of Kassel, authorities said on Saturday, as over 20,000 people took to the streets to decry the anti-pandemic lockdown.
"We will not tolerate such attacks," local police said on Twitter.
"This is not what peaceful protests look like."
Violent clashes between various groups of protesters were also reported.
Reporting from the scene, DW's Benjamin Alvarez said that the rally was allowed to continue despite numerous violations of the coronavirus guidelines.
"Protests are officially over, but there are a lot of people in the city center," he said.
Live footage from the inner city showed demonstrators facing off with a large contingent of police in riot gear. Many protesters were chanting "Wir sind das Volk" ("We are the people"), a slogan taken from the peaceful protests that led to the end of communist East Germany in 1989.
A number of scuffles were reported at the demonstration
Some protesters tried to break through a police barrier, and a water cannon had been used to disperse some demonstrators outside the area authorized for the rally. Police have also warned that the demonstration will be broken up if participants refuse to obey rules on wearing masks and social distancing.
Our DW correspondent also confirmed hearing that police used water cannon, but said it was due to two groups of protesters clashing away from the main rally site.
Despite lockdown restrictions, crowds were tightly packed together.
Police said they had used mace and batons in scuffles with protesters.
DPA news agency reported that several reporters were attacked, as has frequently occurred at coronavirus denial protests, where many participants are hostile to mainstream media.
The protest has been co-organized by the Querdenken (Lateral Thinking) movement, a group that has been behind many such demonstrations during the pandemic.
Protesters want an 'end to the lockdown'
The demonstrations are considered by experts to have considerable potential as superspreader events. One study conducted by the ZEW economic institute in Mannheim and the Humboldt University in Bonn concluded that two demonstrations in Leipzig and Berlin in November caused many thousands of infections.
German authorities have also been looking into links between the Querdenken scene and far-right elements, particularly after an incident last year in which the Reichstag in Berlin was rushed by a group of demonstrators from a coronavirus deniers' protest.
Other rallies were planned in Berlin and Munich on Saturday. In the capital, only some 500 people were reported to have turned up and were massively outnumbered by a 1,800-strong police contingent, according to the Associated Press.
Germany is officially in the grip of a third wave of the pandemic, with more than 16,000 new infections reported on Saturday.
German police clash with Covid protesters in Kassel
A demonstrator holds a giant puppet depicting a devil with a vaccine during a protest against the government's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Kassel, Germany March 20, 2021. (Photo by Reuters)
German police clash with protesters at a mass demonstration against coronavirus restrictions in the city of Kassel.
The protest attracted between 15,000 and 20,000 demonstrators, a Kassel police spokesperson told, making it one of the largest such rallies so far this year.
Scuffles erupt when a group of corona sceptics tried to break through a police cordon to join up with other protesters, resulting in shoving and the use pepper spray.
Elsewhere in the city, police used batons and fired water cannon at people trying to break through barriers and throwing bottles. There were also tussles with counter-demonstrators as the anti-Covid protesters strayed from the authorised protest sites and spread throughout the city.
The protest was called by the "Querdenker" or Lateral Thinkers movement, an umbrella group that has organised Germany's main "anti-corona" demonstrations since the start of the pandemic.
The movement has drawn in people from the far-left, conspiracy theory believers, anti-vaxxers and right-wing extremists.
Some of them don't believe the pandemic is real, while others claim the curbs imposed to rein in the virus infringe on their civil rights.
Saturday's protest comes as Germany is battling a sharp rise in infection rates despite months of shutdowns, and experts have warned that the country's vaccination drive is too slow to ward off a third coronavirus wave.
Protests in Berlin and Munich were reportedly much smaller, with only a few dozen people gathering in the capital, despite a police presence of nearly 2,000 waiting for them.
Germany is currently facing another surge in Covid-19 cases, with 16,000 new ones being reported on Saturday, along with over 200 deaths. German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned this week that efforts to ease back lockdown restrictions could need an “emergency brake” amidst the rise in cases.
In Switzerland, between 3,000 and 5,000 people, many wearing white protection jumpsuits, gathered in the small town in the Basel canton for what they have called a "Silent Protest", according to estimates by journalists on site.
The protesters, many not wearing facemasks, held signs with messages reading "Enough!", "Vaccines kill" and "Let love guide you, not fear".
They accuse the Swiss government of using dictatorial powers to impose restrictions aimed at reining in Covid-19 transmission.
The demonstration, which had police authorisation, is the latest in a series of public protests across the country in recent months, including one earlier this month in the small, picturesque town of Chur that drew over 4,000 people.
Organisers of Saturday's demonstration in Liestal, which has a population of around 14,500 people, said in a statement they expected around 5,000 people to take part, but urged more to join.
They complained in a statement ahead of the march that the Swiss government had taken the country "hostage" over a year ago.
A protestor wearing a mask with an image of German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds up a placard with the lettering reading 'Angela, your 1989 has come' during a demonstration to demand the compliance of basic rights and an end of the restrictive coronavirus measures in Kassel, central Germany, on March 20
Some demonstrators in Kassel held up signs that read 'End the lockdown' and 'Corona rebels', or carried heart-shaped balloons
Parisians packed trains leaving the capital and crammed into shops ahead of the new partial lockdown.
The mayor of Yerres, just outside the capital, told AFP he had told businesses there to remain open, defying the 'totally incomprehensible' restrictions.
'Why would we catch Covid more in a shoe store than a bookshop?' he asked.
Bookshops are considered essential under the new measures, along with florists, chocolate shops and cobblers.
The pandemic is still speeding up worldwide, with the number of new Covid-19 infections rising globally by 14 percent over the past week, according to data.
In Brazil, Rio de Janeiro's famed beaches have been closed as the city's mayor warned of a 'very critical' situation, with 95 percent of intensive care units occupied at public hospitals.
Meanwhile, in Paris, images showed eerily quiet streets as non-essential shops in the city were closed from Saturday for at least a month to try to grapple with rising infection rates
In Berlin, some 1,800 police officers were on standby for possible riots, but only a few dozen protesters assembled at the city's landmark Brandenburg Gate. Pictured: Police detaining a man in berlin on Saturday
Demonstrators clash with police during a protest against the government's coronavirus disease restrictions in Kassel
President Jair Bolsonaro, who has railed against stay-at-home measures and face masks, criticised the measure.
'Vitamin D is a way to prevent the virus from seriously affecting you. And where do you get vitamin D? From the sun. Such hypocrisy,' said the far-right leader.
The row over AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine meanwhile shows no signs of abating, with EU chief Ursula von der Leyen threatening to halt exports of the jab if the bloc does not receive its deliveries first.
A woman shouts as she protests in Kassel against ongoing lockdown measures
Several European countries including Germany and Italy resumed AstraZeneca vaccinations Friday after following an all-clear from EU regulators and the WHO. Pictured: Protesters in Kassel
Protesters in Zagreb, Croatia, attend the 'World Wide Day of Freedom and Democracy' protest against restrictions put in place by government to tackle the coronavirus disease
The AstraZeneca shortfall has complicated an already stuttering vaccine rollout in Europe, but the drug-maker has also had to contend with safety concerns.
Worries that the AstraZeneca jab may cause blood clots had seen more than a dozen countries pause its use recently.
Several European countries including Germany and Italy resumed AstraZeneca vaccinations Friday after following an all-clear from EU regulators and the WHO.
France also brought the jab back into use - but just hours later, the national health regulator recommended it be given only to the over-55s, given the reported blood clots were only seen in younger people.
Scandinavian nations Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland have all said they want more information before deploying the vaccine again.
Protesters arrested in Germany as groups protest COVID measures
People clash with police officers as they protest against ongoing lockdown measures in Kassel
Police officers detain a demonstrator during a rally in Berlin against the German government's restrictions
Police detaines a protester during a rally in Berlin, Germany. Some 1,800 police forces were deployed to face a rally by far-right wing and so-called 'Reich Citizens' demonstrators
Demonstrators protest against the government's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Kassel
Thousands march against coronavirus measures in Germany and Austria
World Health Organization vaccine safety experts said 'available data do not suggest any overall increase in clotting conditions' among vaccinated people.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his French counterpart Jean Castex both received a dose of AstraZeneca on Friday.
'I literally did not feel a thing. It was very good, very quick,' said Mr Johnson, who became seriously ill from Covid-19 last year.
In Pakistan meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan tested positive for Covid-19 two days after receiving China's Sinopharm vaccine.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi committed to get the AstraZeneca vaccine soon.
With more than 400 million vaccine doses already injected globally as inoculation campaigns gain pace, organisers of the Tokyo Olympics have been hoping this summer's pandemic-delayed Games could provide 'proof of humanity's triumph over the virus'.
But organisers meeting Saturday said they will bar overseas fans from the Games, meaning there will be little of the international party atmosphere that usually characterises the Olympics.
Signs of lockdown weariness have abounded in cities across the world, with protests against restrictions popping up in Vienna, Sofia and Montreal on Friday.
Some 20,000 people were expected at a demonstration in the German city of Kassel on Saturday, raising fears it could turn into a superspreader event.
In total, a third of France's population woke up to new restrictions. Pictured: Citizens in Paris on Saturday
Parisians packed trains leaving the capital and crammed into shops ahead of the new partial lockdown
Today's protests come after government scientists warned that a surge in Covid cases across Europe could see summer holidays cancelled if a third wave spreads to Britain. Also in France the population is hld in fear by fraudulently fake statistics.
Outbreaks of the South African variant in countries throughout the continent is causing particular concern, sparking calls for tougher travel restrictions.
As a result, some experts fear European getaways in May, and potentially in the subsequent months, much anticipated by millions of Britons, are now a doubt.
While Britain's vaccination roll-out has been a huge success, with a record 660,276 jabs administered on Friday amid falling cases and deaths, the picture on the continent looks different.
The EU has overseen a shambolic vaccine distribution programme and the number of positive tests is on the up in countries such as France, Spain, Germany and Italy.
The worry for British experts is that such scenes earlier in the pandemic have often foreshadowed a similar scenario in the UK.
A government source told the Times: 'It's a fact that when waves one and two hit Europe they hit us afterwards.'
Medical staff members tend to a patient in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit of the San Filippo Neri hospital in Rome on Friday, March 19
Husband and wife Giuseppe and Rosina hold hands in the Covid Intensive Care of the San Filippo Neri hospital. Half of Italy's regions have gone into the strictest form of lockdown in a bid to curb the latest spike in coronavirus
Healthcare workers in personal protective equipment (PPE) treat Covid-19 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) department of the San Filippo Neri Hospital
Italian hospitals are under pressure again to fight the pandemic. The Italian government continues to enforce national lockdown measures to control the spread of COVID-19
Make NO MISTAKE: SARS-CoV2 is a quite serious nano-bio-chemical weapon tweaked every week into new variants. However, it is NOT (yet?) as deadly as e.g. influenza or other contagions like Ebola, and certainly doesn't justify the draconian and Orwellian governmental measures imposed by neo-fascist regimes in lockstep all over the world to serve their heinous agenda of global governance and the enslavement of all people.
An event in Alberta, Canada, on Saturday and Sunday billed as the “No More Lockdowns Rodeo Rally” drew thousands of attendees – plus stern criticism from provincial officials, who declared the rodeo “a clear breach of current public health restrictions” and said participants “knowingly put their fellow Albertans at risk.”
Both of those condemnations were rendered by Alberta Health Services (AHS), which issued a statement Sunday that said its inspectors notified rodeo organizers in advance they were violating coronavirus protocols. AHS said it was “disappointing” that the rally nevertheless proceeded and drew a huge crowd, despite a limit of ten people maximum at outdoor gatherings.
The rodeo was originally to be held at the rodeo grounds in the town of Bowden, about an hour north of Calgary, but was moved to a lot along the highway outside of town after the Bowden Agricultural Society revoked the organizers’ permit. Two cowboy associations withdrew their support for the rodeo last week.
According to CTV News, “Hundreds of cars filtered in and out of the property for most of the afternoon, and inside, busy bleachers hosted tightly-packed fans.” CTV reporters only saw one participant wearing a mask.
CTV described the rodeo as “almost as much a political rally as a sporting event,” noting that guest speakers “well-known for their opposition to Covid-19 health restrictions” were scheduled to appear.
Organizer Northcott Rodeo Inc. declared on Facebook that it refused to “stand by idly and watch as not only our businesses but also our Western heritage and more importantly, our basic human rights are ripped out of existence by the tyrannical beings of our current world.”
“Yesterday, we broke records, we had fast times in the barrel racing, retired bull riders pulling the gears out for another eight-second adrenaline ride. But with the help of all of you, we were also the first rodeo in over a year where normality wasn’t even questioned,” Northcott wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday morning, as the second day of the event got underway.
A Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) sergeant told the Globe and Mail on Sunday that police monitored both days of the event but were “unaware of any tickets for violations.” AHS nevertheless stated it is considering some form of legal action against the organizers.
The Globe and Mail reported Sunday that Alberta has the “highest rate of active Covid-19 [Chinese coronavirus] cases” in Canada, having recorded “three consecutive days with more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases each, including a record 2,433 on Friday.”
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney condemned the rodeo on Twitter, saying it was “disturbing to see large numbers of people gathering this weekend at Bowden in flagrant violation of Covid-19 public health measures.”
“On a personal note, I’m angered and saddened to see so many people selfishly put themselves ahead of others,” Kenney wrote, calling the rodeo a “slap in the face to everybody who is observing the rules to keep themselves and their fellow Albertans safe.”
“Rodeo celebrates Alberta’s Western heritage, a key part of which is our community spirit and looking out for others, especially the vulnerable. That’s the opposite of what these folks are doing,” he argued.
CTV News quoted rodeo attendee Glen Carritt, an “activist and mayoral candidate,” saying politicians do not understand how weary their citizens have grown of perpetual coronavirus restrictions.
“We’ve tried it the other way for well over a year, we complied with the lockdowns when it first came out and the government just doesn’t seem to be listening to the people. I mean we’ve got well over 3,000 people here who are just tired of being stifled,” Carritt said.
Another activist, Corrina Fischer of the group End Alberta Lockdown, portrayed the rodeo as pushback against excessive and arbitrary restrictions.
“They’ve had enough of the lies and they’re ready to stand up and say alright we have freedom. I don’t even recognize Canada anymore. We have a choice, if I’m sick, I’ll stay at home,” Fischer said.
In France, military police and civilian police decide not to favour the globalist system and stand by the population, they will not close businesses and not collect goods from citizens.
They decided not to tear up the constitutional rights of their own homeland.
Na França policiais militares e policiais civis decidem não favorecer o sistema globalista e ficam ao lado da população, não irão fechar comércios e recolher mercadorias de cidadãos.
Eles decidiram não rasgar os direitos constitucionais da própria pátria.