Police temporarily arrested around 30 people at a protest against restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus outside the Reichstag in Berlin on Saturday.

Over 200 activists, among them anti-lockdown protesters, as well as anti-vaccine demonstrators, took advantage of the sunny weather in Berlin and gathered in front of the German parliament building to demonstrate.

The police announced through loudspeakers that the maximum number of 50 participants for the authorised demo by the Stateless collective had been exceeded and asked the participants to leave the area.

Several demonstrators resisted the orders and were taken away by force, before having their personal details taken and being released. Mounted police units could also be seen at the demo.

Last Wednesday, a TV crew of the German ARD broadcaster was attacked during a anti-lockdown rally in front of the Reichstag. More protests were expected to take place in the German capital on Saturday including another anti-lockdown gathering at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz.

As of Saturday, Germany has reported 170,643 coronavirus cases, with 7,510 people dying with the virus, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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