Berlin authorities banned more than tens of thousands of anti-lockdown protesters demonstrating this weekend. The administrative court refused to authorize 13 demonstrations, some of which had been organized by the Querdenker (Lateral thinker) anti-lockdown movement, DW reported.
"The ban was upheld by the Berlin-Brandeburg upper administrative court. Organizers said 22,500 people had registered to take part in one of the rallies. Court officials said the protests were banned amid fears of a rise in coronavirus infections sparked by the delta variant," reads the message.
Several of the demonstrations had been organized in support of Berlin's nightclubs though.
The Querdenker is Germany's main anti-lockdown movement. It is monitored by the intelligence agencies due to the fears of its links to far-right and extremist groups. The group has helped spread conspiracy theories about the pandemic and vaccination efforts.
As reported before, residents of France gathered for a protest for the third time over the government's intention to introduce Covid passports in local restaurants and public transport. About 3,000 law enforcement officers were involved to maintain order in Paris amid the beginning of the third Saturday of protests.