The two-week vigil to protest against Germany’s coronavirus measures was slated to be held from August 30th to September 17th on Straße des 17. Juni.
Initially the local administrative court allowed it to take place.
The Higher Administrative Court (OVG) Berlin-Brandenburg, however, overruled the decision, stating that such a gathering would pose a threat to public safety, according to Spiegel Online.
Event participants would not be able to comply with social distancing measures, which require 1.5 metre distance between people.
The applicant, who organised one of Berlin’s anti-coronavirus demonstrations on Saturday, did not show a sufficient hygiene concept, ruled the constitutional court, nor how it could be carried out over 14 days.
Ongoing debate over anti-corona protests
At the weekend, Berlin police called off a protest against coronavirus restrictions, saying protesters had not worn masks, as required by a court.
The local government had initially banned the event, but this sparked outrage from organisers and their supporters who flooded social media with angry messages vowing to protest anyway, with some even calling for violence.
Then the eve of the demo, Berlin's administrative court sided with the demonstrators, saying there was no indication that organisers would “deliberately ignore” social distancing rules and endanger public health.
prohibit/ban – untersagen
Threat to public safety – (die) Gefährdung der öffentlichen Sicherheit
Comply with something – (etwas) einhalten
The applicant – (der) Antragsteller
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