Chaos on streets of Berlin: Police fire tear gas as protests erupt over Merkel's lockdown

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Due to the introduction of a nationwide curfew, anti-lockdown protestors clashed with police in the country’s capital today. As thousands gathered to protest against Ms Merkel’s lockdown restrictions, police were forced to fire tear gas to disperse the crowds. With the third wave of the virus taking hold in Germany, other restrictions such as school closures and state shutdowns have now been introduced.

After being put forward in the German parliament, protestors gathered in the capital where they chanted: “Peace, freedom, no dictatorship!”

Ms Merkel has claimed an emergency brake is needed to stop the infection rate across the country and a 10pm curfew will now be introduced.

All states with an infection rate above 100 per 100,000 people must follow the new restrictions after Ms Merkel failed to convince state governments to introduce new measures.

The law will now be passed to the lower house on Thursday before it is then approved and enforced.

Commenting on the new law, Ralph Brinkhaus, parliamentary leader of Merkel’s Christian Democrats, said: “We are in a situation where too many people are dying.”

In order to break up the protestors today, approximately 2,200 police officers were deployed in the capital.

Police also confirmed 150 people were arrested for breaking coronavirus rules and clashing with officers.

In order to stop the virus, Ms Merkel said last week that new restrictions and lockdowns will be needed to stop the rapid spread of the infections.

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She said: “The proposed amendments of the Infection Protection Act are an alarming document of an authoritarian state.

“This relapse into the authoritarian demon is coming from the chancellery and you, Madame Chancellor.”

Due to the slow rollout of the vaccine rate, Germany has seen a sharp rise in cases over the last month.

According to figures from Our World in data, Germany has a case rate of 243 per million people.

In contrast, the UK is recording a case rate of 37.5 after dropping rapidly following a surge in cases in December.

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