Man dies after being detained by Berlin police throughout protest in opposition to COVID-19 measures

Man dies after being detained by Berlin police throughout protest in opposition to COVID-19 measures

BERLIN —
Berlin police say a 49-year-old man has died after being detained by officers throughout protests Sunday in opposition to the German authorities’s anti-coronavirus measures.

Police mentioned early Monday that the person had complained of tingling in his arm and chest whereas officers checked his ID within the capital’s Mitte district, the place hundreds of protesters had rallied regardless of an official ban on demonstrations.

Officers supplied first help to the person till an ambulance arrived and took him to the hospital, the place he later died, police mentioned.

A routine investigation has been opened into the person’s loss of life.

About 600 individuals have been detained in the course of the demonstrations, which noticed outbursts of violence as protesters defied orders to disperse and tried to interrupt by means of police traces.

A police spokeswoman mentioned authorities have been nonetheless making an attempt to find out what number of protesters and officers have been injured throughout Sunday’s occasions, which have been unfold out throughout a big space.

Amongst these injured was Joerg Reichel, the top of the German journalists’ union dju. Reichel was pulled from his bike, crushed and kicked by protesters, Berlin every day Tagesspiegel reported.

The group Reporters with out Borders cited assaults on reporters in Germany throughout anti-lockdown protesters in its annual World Press Freedom Index that ranked the nation two locations decrease than in 2020.

Germany has relaxed lots of the measures imposed in the course of the top of the pandemic, however some necessities to put on masks indoors and current adverse COVID-19 assessments or certificates of vaccination are nonetheless in place.

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