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Violent Protests Break Out Against Coronavirus Restrictions in Germany

Representative image. (Zentralbild/dpa/dpa via AP)

Representative image. (Zentralbild/dpa/dpa via AP)

Police in nearby Cologne expressed outrage that some protesters in the city urged shoppers to remove their masks when entering stores.

Police in Germany say dozens of people were detained at protests against the pandemic restrictions after some rallies turned violent on Saturday.

Berlin police said 86 people were detained after bottles were thrown at officers during a demonstration on Alexanderplatz, a large central square in former East Berlin. One officer was injured, and another was injured in a separate incident in front of the Reichstag building where 45 people were detained.

In the western city of Dortmund, police said a man attacked a TV crew during a protest the third such attack in Germany in the past two weeks. The 23-year-old assailant was arrested.

Police in nearby Cologne expressed outrage that some protesters in the city urged shoppers to remove their masks when entering stores.

"It seems like these people still haven't understood that it's not just about their health but also the lives of others," Cologne's police chief said.

Despite the gradual easing of Germany's pandemic restrictions in recent weeks, protests against them have swelled, bringing together far-right groups, C-list celebrities and people who believe the virus is harmless or part of a global conspiracy.

first published:May 10, 2020, 16:44 IST