Survey: many in favor of penalties for violations of demo regulations

Survey: many in favor of penalties for violations of demo regulations

A rough majority of people in germany would approve of penalties for disobeying distance rules or wearing masks at demonstrations, according to a survey. 77 percent were in favor in a yougov poll published on tuesday.

14 percent reject punishment. The strongest support comes from green voters (87 percent), the lowest from afd voters (45 percent). Meanwhile, the parliamentary secretary of state in the federal ministry of the interior, stephan mayer, called for a more restrictive approach to permits for gatherings, if necessary. Freedom of assembly and freedom of expression are "fundamental rights guaranteed to all citizens," the CSU politician wrote in a guest article for the newspaper rhein-neckar-zeitung. "But only to the extent that the rights of third parties or public safety are not significantly violated".

Thousands took to the streets in berlin on saturday against government restrictions to contain the corona pandemic. According to police estimates, up to 17,000 people took part in a demonstration.000 people. About 20.000 people attended a rally afterwards. Because many demonstrators neither observed distance rules nor wore masks, the police broke up the rally. The protests in berlin triggered a debate on how to deal with violations and the right to demonstrate.

Monitoring compliance with hygiene rules must continue to be a top priority, mayer further wrote. "It is up to the state authorities to decide to what extent the restrictions need to be tightened and to what extent, based on the negative experience of the weekend’s demonstrations, more restrictive decisions will have to be made in the future when approving gatherings," mayer wrote.

The deputy chairman of the police union, jorg radek, also demanded that the approval of such demonstrations be scrutinized more closely. "The authorities must be more sensitive when it comes to approving such demonstrations," radek told the "augsburger allgemeine" (tuesday). The politicians have to set guidelines for this.

Federal justice minister christine lambrecht rejected calls for such protest events to be banned from the outset, if necessary. "I think it is very important that demonstrations can take place again and that people can freely and openly express their opinions there, also on the current corona policy of the federal government," the SPD politician told "spiegel". She called the deliberate violation of corona regulations "deplorable and unacceptable". Here, the rules of local authorities had to be applied consistently, "regardless of the goal of the demonstration in question.".

Berlin’s interior senator andreas geisel told the news magazine that fundamental rights should only be restricted for a limited period of time and with good cause. "In berlin, all corona traffic lights are still on the ground. It is difficult to justify new bans. We will, however, consistently enforce the conditions and regulations for demonstrations," the SPD politician assured. Rhineland-palatinate’s interior minister and SPD state leader roger lewentz told the "spiegel": "we have sufficient means to break up gatherings that go off the rails."A tightening is not necessary.

Baden-wurttemberg’s interior minister thomas strobl recalled that in stuttgart, the assembly authorities had limited the number of participants in a demonstration against corona pickups. "The right of assembly offers the instruments – now you have to make consistent use of them," the CDU politician told the news magazine.

Thuringia’s minister president bodo ramelow (left) called for a more consistent approach to offences against corona seizures during demonstrations like the one on saturday. "The right of assembly is far too high a good to be restricted. But the logic of german assembly law is to enforce that the organizer fulfills the conditions imposed for the assembly," ramelow told the "rheinische post" (tuesday). "At the moment when the conditions were not respected, the organizer had to take responsibility for it."

Grunen federal manager michael kellner described the behavior of the demonstrators in berlin as "dangerous to the public". "In view of the virus, assembly authorities must adapt bans and restrictions accordingly in the current situation and take decisive action if they are broken," kellner told the redaktionsnetzwerk deutschland (RND/tuesday).

Bavaria’s interior minister joachim herrmann (CSU) wants to consistently punish violations of anti-corona regulations at demonstrations – and is considering harsher penalties in the process. Freedom of assembly applies – but that does not mean that participants are allowed to ignore infection control measures, herrmann said in munich on tuesday.

On bavarian radio, herrmann had previously said: "in any case, it is currently being discussed to what extent we need to increase the bubble money even further in certain areas in order to achieve an even stronger deterrent effect." This also includes, for example, violations of quarantine regulations or the obligation to be tested after returning from a risky area. It is about protecting the health of other people.

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