Berlin trial: participant in demonstration against pandemic restrictions gets suspended sentence

A participant in a demonstration against pandemic restrictions in Berlin accused of attacking police officers has been sentenced to one year and eight months in prison, suspended. On Tuesday, the Berlin-Tiergarten district court found the 50-year-old from Saxony guilty of the charges of disorderly conduct, attempted grievous bodily harm and assault on law enforcement officers. The man threw bottles at police officers, which was deemed “highly dangerous” by the court.

Berlin trial: defendant came to demonstration from Saxony

On November 18, 2020, around 9,000 people gathered in Berlin to protest against the restrictions being imposed on the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, the Bundestag was discussing further measures to protect public health. Police cordoned off the protesters. Water cannons were used for the first time in years. About 2,500 officers took part in the action, nearly 80 of whom were injured.

The defendant explained that he only “picked up and threw away” an empty plastic bottle. He and his wife had come from Saxony to Berlin to talk to other people who, like them, were self-employed and were then deprived of their income.

The defense stressed that its client was not a so-called coronavirus denier. The prosecution asked for one year and four months of suspended imprisonment. The defense demanded acquittal. The verdict is not yet final.


All content published on the website is protected under German copyright law, Urheberrechtsgesetz (ยง 52 ff UrhG).

Top stories


Latest articles

200 euro fine! An 80-year-old collected too many mushrooms in Germany

In Germany, mushroom picking is regulated by law, which means you can't pick any amount of these gifts of...

Germany: FDP still opposes 300 euro lump sum payment to pensioners due to energy price hike

The FDP continues to oppose paying pensioners in Germany the so-called Energiepauschale, a 300 euro lump sum intended to...

Berlin is the capital of monkeypox. The number of infections in Germany is increasing

An increasing number of monkeypox cases are being reported in Germany. On Tuesday, the Robert Koch Institute reported that...

Monkeypox: German health minister announces first vaccine shipment

German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach expects the first 40,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine to be delivered in the first...