Zero Covid movement in Germany demands stricter pandemic rules

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Hundreds of people took to the streets in Germany on Saturday as part of the so-called Zero Covid movement, demanding stricter rules to curb the coronavirus pandemic, dpa reported.

In Bremen and Hanover, more than 200 citizens protested, while around 50 people showed up in Goettingen and two dozen in Berlin, as well as around 70 in Dusseldorf, a police spokesperson said.

Demonstrations were planned in around 30 cities in Germany and Austria. Organizers said several thousand people took part in the demonstrations overall.

Protesters were calling for a three-week paid break from work and said offices and other workplaces were "infection hubs." Businesses' hunger for profit should not stand before people's health, the organizers said.

In Hanover, people called for pandemic policies based on science and putting people before economic interests. "It is not possible that private life is being totally curtailed, while there is still no enforcement of working from home," according to the pamphlet.

Sonja Radde, one of the organizers, told broadcaster RBB the movement was in favour of a limited but consistent lockdown, to curb infections and ultimately lift restrictions more quickly.

In Potsdam, a dozen people demonstrated for more safety in schools and kindergartens and demanded in-person teaching to be suspended for safety reasons.

Meanwhile in Hamburg, a motorcade protesting against coronavirus restrictions was pelted with eggs and tomatoes by around 300 counter-protesters on bikes, a police spokesperson said.

More than 15% of people in Germany have received a first vaccination. According to the Robert Koch Institute, 12.7m people had already been vaccinated once by Saturday, and 4.9m people had already received a second vaccination.

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