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German Parliament Approves Tighter COVID Lockdown Measures as Thousands Protest in Berlin

The German capital witnessed thousands of people gathering near the Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday to oppose Chancellor Angela Merkel’s proposal to impose new anti-COVID restrictions. The parliament has debated the measures for hours.

The Bundestag approved the tightening of coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday as thousands of protesters descended on Berlin to demonstrate against the measures.

The amendments to the existing law outlining measures for the protection of the population was supported by 342 parliamentarians, the Bundestag press service told Sputnik. 

250 lawmakers voted against the hotly contested proposal and 64 abstained. 

The amendments, expected to come into force as early as Saturday, will give the federal government power to impose a national curfew between 10pm and 5am, close schools, and introduce regional restrictions pegged to certain thresholds in COVID rates. 

The proposed limitations, which also touched upon shop openings and sports, prompted an outcry among citizen who have gathered not far from the Brandenburg Gate with flags and placards carrying “Peace, freedom, no dictatorship” signs. 

 

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