About 3,000 police officers have been deployed on the streets of Berlin ahead of a mass protest against the German government’s response to the coronavirus that is expected to attract 20,000 people.
Berlin police tweeted on their official account:
“We currently have 3,000 colleagues deployed because of various events. We are getting a lot of support from other states and the federal police. Please maintain distance and stay safe.”
Earlier this week, Berlin’s state government announced that it would prohibit the demonstration from taking place, citing potential violations of the government’s coronavirus regulations.
But the ban was lifted on Friday following an urgent ruling by the Berlin Administrative Court on Friday.
“The assembly against the coronavirus policy of the federal and state governments planned for August 29, 2020 by the initiative Lateral Thinking 711 can take place after an urgent ruling,” the court said in a statement.
According to the court’s statement, police anticipate more than 20,000 people will attend on Saturday.