The vegan chef Attila Hildmann delivers a speech during a demonstration against restrictions and measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in front of the Reichstag building, home of the German federal parliament, in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, May 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
UPDATED 2:10 PM PT — Saturday, May 23, 2020
German demonstrators again gathered in protest against ongoing restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. Around 200 protesters reportedly gathered in the city of Frankfurt Saturday, where around 60 people were taken into custody by police.
According to officials, some protesters fought with police and violated official guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus.
Protests against the measures, which were instituted by Chancellor Angela Merkel, have continued for three weekends in a row now.
“I’m here because I believe that we need freedom for each person to be responsible for themselves in Germany,” stated one protester. “We need to show our faces and confirm that each person is responsible for themselves in dealing with this virus.”
The Reichstag building, home of the German federal parliament, is mirrored in the glasses of a woman wearing a face mask with the slogan “Don’t Give (Bill) Gates A Chance” during a demonstration against restrictions and measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, May 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Merkel confirmed she is aware citizens are concerned about possible human rights interference.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany recently rose to around 178,000, with more than 8,200 dead.