Hundreds of protesters – many with Reich flags – broke a cordon in front of the Reichstag during the anti-corona demonstration in Berlin. Politicians express their horror at the photos.
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Protesters against the state’s corona policy broke a cordon on the Reichstag building in Berlin on Saturday evening and stormed up the Reichstag steps. Police officers pushed people back. Police used pepper spray, there were scuffles. There had been a meeting before at the Reichstag building.
The black-white-red imperial flags used by imperial citizens could also be seen with protesters. The police subsequently broke the demo. Emergency services cleared the space in front of the Reichstag building and pushed the protesters away. Videos circulating on the Internet show people standing at the door of the Reichstag. Only three police officers stood in their way.
“Reich flags in front of parliament are shameful”
Police spokesman Thilo Cablitz explained, “We cannot be everywhere all the time, it was exactly this opening that was used to climb over the barricade, break through and then get to the steps in front of the Reichstag.”
Several politicians expressed dismay at the events before the Reichstag. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) tweeted: “Everyone has the right to discuss how to deal with Corona and of course to demonstrate for your opinion. No one should pursue right-wing extremists, endanger police officers and expose many to the risk. of infection. Reich flags in front of parliament are shameful. “
“Just disgusting and ashamed”
SPD Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) wrote: “Our Basic Law guarantees freedom of expression and the right to demonstrate. It is the answer to the failure of the Weimar Republic and the horrors of the Nazi era. Nazi symbols, Reichsbürger and Kaiserreich- flags have nothing to do with the German Bundestag. Nothing lost. “
Green MP Konstantin von Notz stated: “Participants in a demonstration that also mobilized the AfD and NPD tried to storm the Reichstag. Reich war flags set the scene for the building. # Summer2020 It’s just disgusting and embarrassing.”