In downtown Leipzig, numerous people gathered on Saturday to protest against a rally by critics of the Corona measures. At noon, about several hundred people came together on Augustplatz.
The action network “Leipzig takes place” called for rallies at three central locations in the city. Opponents of the corona policy had registered a meeting with 250 participants on Kurt-Masur-Platz. At the beginning at noon, however, the place was still largely empty.
The police are expecting numbers of participants in the four-digit range. “But that is difficult to assess – it is very uncertain what is coming,” said the police spokesman. Between 12 and 8 p.m., no individual traffic is allowed around Kurt-Masur-Platz, the Saxony police said.
The police were deployed with a large contingent from several federal states, they brought water cannons and clearing tanks into position near the demonstration. The officers also used barriers to separate the gatherings from each other. The situation is not easy, said a police spokesman.
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The city center has been a controlled area since 8 a.m., a police spokesman said. Unprompted personal checks can therefore take place there until evening. The German Association of Journalists in Saxony welcomed in the social networks that journalists can take advantage of police protection after the recent attacks on site.
A total of eight meetings were announced at various locations in the trade fair city on Saturday, five of which are related to criticism of the current Corona policy and counter-protests.
Two weeks ago, protests escalated in Leipzig
Currently, due to the corona situation, only a maximum of 1000 participants are allowed per rally in Saxony. In the afternoon, the police and the city once again expressly pointed out that the hygiene rules within the meaning of the Corona Protection Ordinance were observed. Because of this, meetings are only permitted in a stationary manner and not as an elevator.
According to the assessment of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution in Saxony, there was mobilization in the run-up to the demonstrations in both right-wing extremist and left-wing extremist camps. The city and the police have announced that they will consistently punish any violations of the Corona rules. Two weeks ago, during a “lateral thinking” demonstration in Leipzig, there were massive violations of the mask requirement and violent clashes. Demonstrations against Corona requirements were also registered for Saturday in Berlin, Bochum, Göppingen, Pforzheim and Hanover. (dpa, Tsp)