A demonstrator in Berlin holds a placard that reads ‘freedom is made out of courage’ during anti-coronavirus restriction demonstrations [Christian Mang/Reuters]

Thousands of people have marched in Germany’s capital to protest against measures imposed to stem the coronavirus pandemic, saying those restrictions violated people’s rights and freedoms. 

The crowds rallying in central Berlin on Saturday comprised an array of groups including opponents of vaccinations and conspiracy theorists, among others. There was also a small far right presence with some marchers carrying Germany’s black, white and red imperial flag.

Organisers initially hoped half a million protesters would join the demonstration but police estimated about 17,000 had gathered. A handful of counter-demonstrators also gathered, many under the  banner “Grandmas against the right”, and shouted “Nazis out” at those taking

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