August 31, 2020
An attempt by far-right demonstrators to storm Germany’s Reichstag following a protest against the country’s Covid-19 restrictions has been condemned by senior officials.
Hundreds of protesters breached a security barrier and raced up the steps outside Berlin’s parliament building late on Saturday before being stopped and dispersed by police.
Some of those involved had held the flag of former imperial Germany, which is used by the Reichsbürger far-right group.
Germany’s president Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the use of Reich flags and right-wing provocations was ‘an unbearable attack on the heart of our democracy.’
‘We will never accept this.’ he said.
Mr Steinmeier said people had the right to express their anger about the coronavirus restrictions and to question them publicly, including with demonstrations.
‘My sympathy ends where protesters allow themselves to be used by enemies of democracy and political agitators,’ he added.
Police used pepper spray to drive back the protesters, who earlier in the day had participated in a large rally through the capital.
About 300 people were arrested in front of the Reichstag and following an incident at the Russian embassy, police said.
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