World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 24 Mar, 2021 03:00 am

Police in Germany clear streets to protect illegal demo by far-right coronavirus deniers

Police in Germany clear streets to protect illegal demo by far-right coronavirus deniers
Up to 20,000 right-wing extremists and COVID-19 deniers marched through the Hessian city of Kassel on Saturday, attacking journalists and terrorising those opposing the demonstration.

Arguing on the basis of health considerations, a court decided that a single rally of 6,000 participants could take place outside the city centre.Thousands of demonstrators defied this legal requirement and marched in a number of different columns toward the city centre.The demonstrators moved through the city centre from noon onwards and assembled at the city’s central Friedrichplatz, where they remained for the afternoon.For the rest of the day the demonstrators were able to move through the city centre largely unmolested.

In the city centre, demonstrators not only endangered the health of residents and passers-by, they also repeatedly attacked journalists and counter-demonstrators.Other videos show police officers being cheered by the right-wing extremists as they drag counter-demonstrators away and beat them, thereby freeing the path for the far-right mob.

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