Thousands of people took to the streets across former East Germany to protest coronavirus limitations and vaccine mandates imposed in the aftermath of the Omicron variant’s emergence.
On Monday, around 3,500 people gathered in Magdeburg, the capital of Germany’s Saxony-Anhalt state, to protest the limitations. Protesters marched through the city centre, yelling “Resistance!” and other anti-government chants in response to the rapid spread of the new Covid-19 strain across Europe.
Some 30 separate demonstrations, the majority of them against the government’s coronavirus policy, were held in Saxony-Anhalt on Monday alone. About 1,500 people took to the streets in Halberstadt, a town of just over 40,000 people.
In Wittenberg, which is home to about 46,000 people, some 1,300 showed up for the protest. Smaller demonstrations took place in Naumburg, Querfurt, Schonebeck, Aschersleben, and Dessau, among others.
“Significantly more people took part in the protests [this week] than last week,” local media reported, citing police estimates. The protest sentiment has been on the rise in the eastern German state.