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05 Jul 2020 | 01:05 AM UTC

Germany: Animal-rights activists protest at meat plant in Gütersloh July 4

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Animal-rights activists protest outside meat factory in Gütersloh (North Rhine Westphalia state) linked to COVID-19 outbreak on July 4; further protests possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/5/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/8/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Berlin). COUNTRY/REGION Gütersloh (North Rhine Westphalia state)


On Saturday, July 4, over a hundred animal-rights activists protested outside the Tönnies meat processing plant in Gütersloh district (North Rhine Westphalia state), which has been the center of a recent outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Members of the "Gemeinsam gegen die Tierindustrie" group reportedly scaled the roof of the plant to unfurl a banner and also blocked a major access road to the plant. Three demonstrators were arrested by police during the protest.

Further protests are possible in the vicinity of the plant in the near term.


Gütersloh district was placed under lockdown on June 23 after over 1500 workers at the Tönnies meat processing plant tested positive for COVID-19.


Individuals in Gütersloh district are advised to monitor developments, avoid the vicinity of the Tönnies meat factory as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.


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