In the German city of Kassel more than 20,000 people participated in the protest despite a court ban, and there were reports of clashes between the demonstrators and counter-protesters, BBC reported.
Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Friday that Germany will have to apply an “emergency brake” and reverse some recent relaxations on restrictions, with the country’s national disease control centre warning that the new infections were growing exponentially as the more contagious COVID-19 variant first detected in the United Kingdom has become dominant in the country.
In London, people defied police warning of potential fines and arrests and demonstrated against the UK’s months-long lockdown.
In Finland, police said that about 400 people came out to protest without masks in the capital Helsinki against the government-imposed COVID-19 restrictions.
In Austria, about 1,000 protesters participated in a demonstration against the government’s virus measures near Vienna’s central train station.
In Switzerland, more than 5,000 protesters met for a silent march in the community of Liestal 15km southeast of the city of Basel.
Most of the protesters were in no mood to heed the warnings about the new variants being far more contagious and said that the closure of non-essential shops, hotels, restaurants and gyms are a direct threat to their freedom. (UNI)