Multiple protesters were arrested in Berlin on Sunday, November 22, during a protest organized by the Querdenken movement (Lateral Thinking movement) over coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related restrictions in the country. Around 400 supporters of the group reportedly attempted to march along Schönhauser Allee but were met by counter-protesters who had established a road blockade. The police then made the arrests in order to disperse the counter-protesters to prevent clashes between the two groups.
Further associated demonstrations are likely in Berlin, as well as in urban centers nationwide, in the near term. A heightened security presence and localized transport disruptions are likely in the vicinity of any demonstration.
Those in Berlin are advised to avoid the vicinity of any demonstrations as a precaution, monitor developments, anticipate transportation and business disruptions near protest sites, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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