Small in number of speeches, but with enormous effect: Germany spoke about demonstrations against the restrictive measures introduced due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Protests - not partially announced - took place last weekend in Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne and Dortmund. According to police, up to 5,000 people participated in the largest of them - in Stuttgart. It is expected that next weekend the protesters will again take to the streets. What do they demand, what are their views, who is behind them and what to expect from new demonstrations?
Against the “crown-dictatorship”, the world behind the scenes and Bill Gates chips
The protests, which do not have a single organizer and coordinating center, brought together a very different audience: left-wing and right-wing radicals, principled young opponents of vaccination and lovers of conspiracy theories, as well as ordinary people of Germany who suffered from a halt in economic activity due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Many of the protesters, judging by their posters and statements, believe that the billionaire and founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, secretly controls world politics: according to popular legend, he allegedly organized a pandemic to sell the vaccine under the guise of microchips being implanted into the body. Someone claims that all this is for the sake of the proceeds from the sale of the vaccine, someone - that because of the desire to control the world's population.
Wearing masks for many participants in anti-quarantine demonstrations is something like a test of loyalty to the authorities, and not a means of personal protection. Therefore, the shares often called for "remove the muzzles." Although the German authorities began the second stage of easing the restrictions on May 6, quarantine measures introduced earlier are still “state arbitrariness” for protesters under the guise of fighting the pandemic. Someone even compares the current restrictions with the Nazi usurpation of power in Germany after 1933.
On Twitter and other social networks, quarantine protests often receive the hashtag #Covidioten: a popular neologism composed of the offensive idiot and COVID-19. So people who observe precautions to counter the coronavirus call those who, in their opinion, undermine the efforts of the authorities and society to curb the pandemic.
Leaders of protest: right-wingers and others sympathizing with the Kremlin
Who is behind the protests? The largest rally following the introduction of restrictive measures was organized in Stuttgart by the Querdenken 711 group under the direction of Michael Ballweg. He is sure that "the Germans must finally wake up" and "demand that all restrictions be removed." Among the leaders of the protesters there were quite a few people who were friendly to the Kremlin, journalists from several German publications found out. The first so-called "hygienic" demonstrations began in Berlin in late March following the call of Anselm Lenz, a publisher, playwright and journalist who published in Rubikon magazine, which spreads conspiracy theories and sympathizes with the Kremlin. Ulrich Gellermann, the author of a column on the German-language portal Sputnik Deutschland, founded by the Russian state-owned news agency Russia Today, calls himself the initiator of the protests (Gellerman claims that he does not receive royalties for publications).
The other day, the Compact magazine he published called on the Internet homepage: “Together with Compact, it’s against the crown of dictatorship.” Ken Jebsen, founder of KenFM’s online portal and YouTube channel, has another half a million followers. . At a demonstration in Stuttgart on May 9, he talked about the "Merkel regime" and that doctors in Germany today supposedly decide who to live and who to die. And this is completely, "as then," Yebsen hinted at the time of National Socialism - they say that there are still "racial laws" in Germany.
Young Germans support Merkel’s policy, but they don’t want to quarantine.
The organizers of protests against quarantine measures were successful not only in the fact that they managed to bring their supporters to the streets, but also in the fact that they managed to attract attention to themselves on the Internet. In addition, the current course of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the conservative CDU bloc are also receiving record approval.
The Christian Democrats are again called the People's Party - this term is used in Germany, referring to political associations that have the support of more than a third of voters. According to various surveys, about 40 percent of respondents are now ready to vote for the CDU / CSU.
Authorities fear right-wing radicals
Last weekend, protests against quarantine were accompanied by aggressive actions against police officers and journalists who accompanied the demonstrations. There were many neo-Nazis and their leaders among the protesters: for example, the former chairman of the German National Democratic Party, Udo Voigt, and other right-wing radicals, including members of the Identity Movement, were seen.
In Germany, despite their support for the government’s policy, according to the same polls, quarantine measures are less and less approved, citing fatigue from restrictions and economic problems. Last but not least, the authorities are worried about such actions because of the risk of new young infected people. Peaceful demonstrations are also important at this time so that young people have the opportunity to express their opinions. This is possible and necessary in a democracy.