Berlin, November 7
Thousands of people demonstrated in central Leipzig on Saturday against government-imposed restrictions meant to slow the spread of Covid after a court issued a last-minute decision rejecting the eastern city’s attempt to move the protest elsewhere.
“It is hard to explain how only two households are permitted to meet together and yet 16,000 people are allowed to demonstrate on one plaza,” city spokesman Matthias Hasberg said after the appeals court decision.
By the city’s calculations, only 5,000 people could gather in the Augustusplatz plaza outside the opera house and keep 1.5 meters (5 feet) from one another, so administrators had sought to have the demonstration moved to a larger location outside the centre.
Protesters carried German flags and raised slogans. The country’s disease control center, the Robert Koch Institute said Saturday that Germany’s states had reported 23,300 new cases overnight.
Meanwhile, Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff, has tested positive. The United States reported over 1,25,000 new Covid cases, setting a new record. The country also reported at least 1,137 new fatalities. — Agencies