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Dozens of demonstrators staging a protest against COVID-19 restrictions measures were detained in Berlin on Saturday, as police officers tried to clear the area near the Brandenburg Gate, after the demonstrators failed to comply with safety conditions.

Thousands of people had reportedly signed up to attend the demonstration against coronavirus measures before it was banned by city authorities over health concerns earlier this week.

The decision was later overturned by the city’s administrative court, which allowed the rally to go ahead under the condition that social distancing measures should be respected by participants.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel originally announced a series of measures in March, in order to curb the spread of coronavirus. The measures have been gradually eased nationwide, however, in the past weeks the number of new infections has significantly increased.

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