As the pandemic rages on, so do protests about it

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MORE THAN 20,000 people took to the streets of the central German city of Kassel on March 20th to protest against lockdown restrictions, clashing at times with police armed with water-cannons, batons and pepper spray. The demonstrations, which were organised by the Querdenker or “lateral thinkers” movement, came after Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, announced an “emergency brake” on the easing of lockdown rules, following a surge in coronavirus cases.

Similar scenes have played out across more than a dozen European cities, amid a third wave of infections and a new…

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