COVID protests in Germany: Orchestrated anger | Germany | News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW | 11.01.2022

The masterminds behind the protests are proceeding strategically. The right-wing extremist group “Free Saxons” kept announcing more and more simultaneous marches on Mondays, with the intention to deliberately overwhelm the police. The far-right extremists use chat groups on the encrypted messaging app Telegram to organize the protest action and incite hatred. Police officers are insulted as militias and mercenaries. Politicians and opponents are declared enemies of the people. The protesters are also increasingly receiving support from the populist far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, some of whose members have been classified as anti-constitutional and are under observation by the domestic intelligence agency.

Protest against the COVID deniers

Freiberg resident Sybill Matthes is worried about developments in her city. “We don’t treat each other with respect as we used to do,” she says. She complains that politicians and police should have banned gatherings much sooner to nip developments in the bud. “It almost got out of hand,” remarks Sybill Matthes, who is now taking to the streets in counterprotest.

Source: COVID protests in Germany: Orchestrated anger | Germany | News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW | 11.01.2022