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Michael Trammer

Photojournalist / Mediadesigner Picture & Sound
Conspiracy Ideologists rally in Berlin, as new German Infection Protection Act is decided
Location: Hanover, Germany
Nationality: German
Biography: Freelance journalist based in Hannover. Searching for calmness among chaos. My work is mainly focused on social movements, breaking news, politics, far-right extremism and humanitarian crisis. I like multimedia storytelling and photo-essays. 
Public Story
Conspiracy Ideologists rally in Berlin, as new German Infection Protection Act is decided
Credits: michael trammer
Date of Work: 11/18/20 -
Updated: 11/19/20
Several thousand participated in protests around the german parliament Reichstag in Berlin on November 18th, 2020 to demonstrate against the new German Infection Protection Act that was passed on the afternoon of the same day. Far-right groups and many conspiracy ideologists participated in the demonstration. What started with dancing, singing and ignoring Covid-19 safety measures ended in heavy scuffles with police. The demonstration was officially disperesed after social distancing measures were ignored and the participants did not wear masks. Water cannons were used to wetten protestors, but not fired directly into the crowd. Bottles, pyrotechnics and garbage was thrown at police. In advance there was a mobilisation on the messenger service Telegram, calling for violent acts and a blockade of the parliament. Several far-right AfD parlamentarians participated and passed out flyers. Other leading figures of the german neo-nazi scene were present. Loads of antisemitic signs and symbols were carried by the crowd, as many compare the novelties to the Infection Protection Act with the so called "Ermächtigungsgesetz" that brought Hitler to power, as it grants massive rights to the government to intervene in the case of a public health emergency of international concern.

I put together a lengthy edit to show the variety of protesters.
Am 18. November 2020 versammelten sich mehrere tausend Menschen rund um das Reichstagsgebäude in Berlin, um gegen die Neuauflage des Infektionsschutzgesetz zu demonstrieren, das am Nachmittag desselben Tages verabschiedet wurde. An den Protesten nahmen rechtsextreme Gruppen & Einzelpersonen, sowie viele Verschwöhrungsideolog*innen teil. Was mit Tanzen, Singen und Ignorieren der Hygieneempfehlungen zu Covid-19 begann, endete in Auseinandersetzungen mit der Polizei. Die Demonstration wurde offiziell aufgelöst, nachdem Abstandsregelungen ignoriert wurden, die Teilnehmer*innen keine Masken trugen und immer weiter in Richtung Reichstagsgebäude drängten. Wasserwerfer wurden eingesetzt, um die Demonstrant*innen zu durchnässen, aber nicht direkt in die Menge geschossen. Einige waren vorbereitet auf die Konfrontation und hatten Plastikplanen, Helme und Brillen dabei. Die Polizei wurde mit Flaschen, Pyrotechnik und Müll beworfen. Im Vorfeld gab es eine Mobilisierung über den Messengerdienst Telegram, bei der zu Gewalttaten und einer Blockade des Parlaments aufgerufen wurde. Mehrere extrem rechte AfD-Parlamentarier nahmen teil und einige verteilten Flugblätter. Weitere führende Persönlichkeiten der deutschen Neonazi-Szene waren anwesend. Zahlreiche antisemitische Zeichen und Symbole wurden von der Menge getragen, denn viele vergleichen die Neuerungen des Infektionsschutzgesetzes mit dem so genannten Ermächtigungsgesetz, das Hitler an die Macht brachte, da es der Regierung massive Interventionsrechte für den Fall eines gesundheitlichen Notfalls von internationalem Belang einräumt.

Ich habe eine längere Serie zusammengestellt, um der Menge der Ereignisse gerecht zu werden.

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