A rally of opponents of the government’s plan to impose vaccination and the various restrictions linked to the pandemic took place on December 8 in the Bavarian capital. There were no significant incidents.
A demonstration took place on December 8 in Munich, the third largest city in Germany, against a potential future vaccination obligation for all, and against the health restrictions linked to the pandemic. The country’s new government, led by Olaf Scholz, is in fact in favor of compulsory vaccination for all against Covid-19 from the start of 2022, in February or March. About 1,000 people gathered in Wittelsbach Square, police said. Opponents carried a banner on which was inscribed “Munich defends rights and freedoms”. Some held Bavarian flags and paraded shouting for “freedom”.
The rally proceeded without major incidents, police said. The previous week, nearly 600 people had taken part in a similar protest in Munich, and police arrested several participants who refused to wear masks. Demonstrations have taken place in other cities in recent days.
Olaf Scholz explained on the day of the demonstration that he would not be discouraged by these movements. “Just because a noisy minority takes a very radical stance doesn’t mean we have to assume that all of society is divided. I think that’s the wrong way to look at it, ”he commented.