Biggest Anti-Lockdown Freedom Day Protest Held in Berlin, Germany

Biggest Anti-Lockdown Freedom Day Protest Held in Berlin, Germany

While public health officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) and in other countries argue about whether the new SARS CoV-2 virus is causing a “second wave” of infections in countries that are easing lockdown measures or the world is simply experiencing “one big wave of transmission,” since late July Germany and other European countries have been reporting increases in COVID-19 cases and deaths.1 2 As governments discuss whether to re-institute regulations enforcing lockdowns, the people of Germany made their voices heard on Aug. 1, 2020 in Berlin in the biggest anti-coronavirus lockdown, anti-masking protest yet held anywhere in the world.

Declared by event organizers as “Day of Freedom—The End of the Pandemic,” mainstream media outlets like the Associated Press and Reuters estimated that the peaceful demonstration drew a crowd of 20,000 people. However, first-hand social media reports estimated hundreds of thousands of people—perhaps over one million—marched from the Brandenburg Gate, which is near the Reichstag building housing the German parliament, and then rallied on a boulevard in the city’s large Tiergarten park.

According to one Reuters report:

Protesters danced and sang, “We are free people!” to the tune of rock band Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You.’ Others marched with placards saying, ‘We are making noise because you are stealing our freedom!’ and ‘Do think! Don’t wear a mask!’

“Our demand is to return to democracy,” said one protester who declined to give his name. “The mask that enslaves us must go.’”3

‘We Are the Second Wave”

According to Associated Press, protesters came from across Germany and held signs that said: “We are being forced to wear a muzzle,” “Natural defense instead of vaccination” and “We are the second wave.”

AP reported that when police using bullhorns warned those marching in the streets to wear masks and adhere to social distancing rules and were ignored, a criminal complaint against the rally’s organizer was drawn up for “failing to enforce hygiene rules” and protesters moved to the Tiergarten park to continue the rally before being dispersed without incident.4

Populists and Right Wing Conspiracy Theorists?

The Irish Times noted that, “Germany’s management of the pandemic has widely been viewed as relatively successful, with a lower death rate than comparable countries. The country has been easing lockdown measures since late April but social-distancing rules remain in place, as does a requirement to wear masks in public transport and shops.”5 The U.K. newspaper compared Germany’s death toll—“just over 9,150 people out of more than 210,670 confirmed virus cases”—as being “five times less than Britain’s, which has a smaller population.”

Although the large numbers of people who traveled to Berlin to march against the government’s lockdown and masking requirements came from big cities and small towns all over Germany, most big media companies described them as “conspiracy theorists” and “right wing populists.”6

A co-leader of the Social Democrats, the junior party in Germany’s governing coalition, was quoted by the Associated Press angrily criticizing the protestors, alleging “They are not just endangering our health, they are endangering our success against the pandemic and for the revival of the economy, education and society. Irresponsible!”7

Reuter’s quoted a protestor, who countered that:

Only a few scientists around the world who follow the government’s lead are heard. Those who hold different views are silenced, censored or discredited as defenders of conspiracy theories.8

Sweden’s Stands By “No Lockdown” Policy

Unlike the U.S. and most European countries, which instituted strict universal social lockdown measures, Sweden’s public health agency refused to order a country-wide lockdown this year.9 Instead, public health officials allowed a controlled natural spread of the new coronavirus so the population could develop “herd immunity.” Voluntary social distancing measures were instituted to allow the country to continue to operate economically and socially without closing offices, restaurants, primary schools, recreational facilities and other parts of society.

At the end of July, European countries that had implemented strict lockdowns during 2020 started reporting a “second wave” of SARS CoV-2 infections accompanied by mortality increases, including Belgium, Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain and the U.K. However, new infections in Sweden have been steadily declining. Newsweek reported that:10

Amid fears over a potential second wave of novel coronavirus across Europe, new infections in Sweden, where full lockdown measures were not implemented, have mostly declined since late June.

Even though Sweden currently ranks eighth among countries with the highest number of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people—higher than the U.S. and Brazil, which are number one and two in terms of numbers of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people—Sweden’s chief epidemiologist Dr. Anders Tegnell said, “We are now seeing rapidly falling cases, we have continuously had healthcare that has been working, there have been free beds at any given time, never any crowding in the hospitals.”

Tegnell told Newsweek that failure to manage deaths among the elderly living in long term care facilities at the beginning of the outbreak contributed to Sweden’s high death toll, and changes have been made to control outbreaks in those facilities.


References:

1 Smith-Schoenwalder C. WHO: Coronavirus Isn’t Seasonal, World Experiencing ‘One Big Wave” of Transmission. US News & World Report July 29, 2020.
2 Jones S, Willsher K, Boffey D, Connolly K. Europe braces for second wave of coronavirus. The Guardian July 27, 2020.
3 Reuters. Thousands march in Berlin against coronavirus curbs. Aug. 1, 2020.
4 Associated Press. Thousands Protest in Berlin Against Coronavirus Restrictions. Bloomberg News Aug. 1, 2020.
5 Irish Times. Thousands march against Covid-19 restrictions in Germany despite rise in cases. Aug. 1, 2020.
6 See Footnote 4.
7 Ibid.
8 Footnote 3.
9 Raines K. Sweden’s Different Response to COVID-19 Based on Mutual Respect and Trust. The Vaccine Reaction May 18, 2020.
10 Kim S. Sweden, Which Never Had Lockdown, Sees COVID-19 Cases Plummet as Rest of Europe Suffers Spike. Newsweek July 30, 2020.

11 Responses to "Biggest Anti-Lockdown Freedom Day Protest Held in Berlin, Germany"

  1. Brian James   August 3, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Jul 27, 2020 White House Petition to Investigate Gates Foundation Garners Over 600,000 Signatures

    A White House petition that was launched in April to investigate Bill and Melinda Gates for “crimes against humanity and medical malpractice” has amassed six times the number of signatures needed in order to get an official response.

    https://youtu.be/t938aoXVChk

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  2. NANCY   August 3, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    And so it goes, why aren’t we doing the same in America. We need to do the same protest here in U.S. This is getting ridiculous. The news outlets will not honor other doctors who have a different option. SCARY!

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  3. Linda Mason   August 3, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Bravo Germany, a sane people . A people who know the disaster that awaits those who follow rules without questioning their validity and not using your common sense and good judgement. Unfortunately other countries have that lesson to learn yet and I don’t see enough support for those who question in either the UK or the US and apparently it is even worse in Australia and New Zealand. This irrationality and fear truly makes one search for the truth and searching for that truth makes it evident that this goes much deeper. Thankyou Sweden for having the strength to stick to your guns and not destroy freedom and civil liberties inspite of having the rest of the world against you.

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  4. Jean   August 3, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    Thank you freedom fighters in Germany. I hope it inspires Americans to do the same. God bless you all.

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  5. Lynda   August 3, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    I guess it’s like deja vu …..looks kind of familiar and wisely they want no part of it this time round!

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  6. Roberta   August 4, 2020 at 12:39 am

    Well done Germany the whole world must follow your example.
    This will be the second wave!!! Not the virus.
    True and freedom will prevail above all.
    We must defend our freedom always.
    Roberta

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  7. Delphine Debauve   August 4, 2020 at 5:43 am

    They have always been more opened and proactive in Germany. Germans are no fools…

    They’ve also initiated an Extra-Parliamentary Inquiry Committee early July to investigate the covid crisis at every level (decisions taken by politics, government scientific counsil, medias, etc). They are a group of 500 doctors and scientists and 2000 partisans (all of them are just civilians, without any political color or ambition). They made a call to all the scientists and doctors out there to join their cause in order to bring this at an international level. A couple of weeks later a group of doctors/scientists in Spain “Medicos per la verdad” (“Doctors for the Truth”) gave a conference with one of the german organizators (Dr Heiko Schöning) and officially joined them. During the conference, a same group of doctors/scientists also called “Medicos por la verdad” from Argentina came up on line to express their support in the cause, saying also that they were investigating and pushing their researchers to stop this nonsense. This was held at quite the same period than your White Coat Summit in the US…

    I think there’s also something going on in Brazil but this need to be verified.

    Doctors and Scientists are threatened to loose their license if they talk, when they start reuniting they go for it… But at this level, so many of them, I think it’s a first ever in history… As this plandemic is…

    German Doctors conference video in English : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbBBv2IO8WI

    Conference in Spain with EN subtitles (banned from YouTube) https://www.bitchute.com/video/BawtyuvpN2fO/

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  8. Robert   August 5, 2020 at 5:25 am

    It’s time now for the people of the UK to follow Germany’s lead ad refuse to wear the masks, and insist on hearing the alternative view!free SPEACH is paramount and the media should be broken up and taken out of the hands of the few!

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  9. Eliana   August 5, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    Does anyone know who organized this in Germany? We need to do this in America. I have been to 2 rallies in Albany with terrible turnouts.

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  10. Karis   August 13, 2020 at 1:51 am

    “Even though Sweden currently ranks eighth among countries with the highest number of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people—higher than the U.S. and Brazil, which are number one and two in terms of numbers of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people”
    This sentence did not make sense to me.

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  11. Bob   August 30, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    The truth is there were 1 million or more protesting some have estimated a few million people plus, having seen the REAL videos that would be the actual number, certainly. Protesting for Freedom, Liberty, No authoritarian government overreach and body autonomy, No Big Pharma take over. The worthless Fake media said 18k mostly conspiracy theorists and far right activists. These vessels of propaganda are embarrassing.

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