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First German State to Halt Sending Police Officers to Covid Protests which was first to introduce harshest covid measures

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Growing criticism of the Corona requirements in Germany is driving more and more people to the so-called Monday walks on the streets. Because of the high burden, the Hessian police will no longer be involved in operations in other federal states. (Google Translate) – Police officers from Hesse will no longer help their colleagues in other federal states to ensure security at the numerous local Monday demonstrations and rallies of the corona skeptics. According to the Hessian Interior Minister Peter Beuth, the decision is a joint agreement between the federal states, which aims to cover the “special needs” caused by the nationwide actions. He said :

“Therefore, it has been agreed at the moment that if it’s nothing out of the ordinary, the federal states will help themselves, so to speak.”

Although most of the weekly corona protests have so far gone without incident, the Hessian law enforcement officers found themselves overwhelmed by the largely unannounced demonstrations. The measure is intended to enable the state police to react spontaneously to future rallies, said Beuth. Excluded from the order, however, are large-scale situations and large demonstrations or terrorist attacks. If the so-called Monday walks do not take place, the regulation should expire.

According to the Hessian police, around 15,000 people across the state took part in the Corona walks last Monday. According to the Ministry of the Interior, only 18 of the 149 individual events had been registered.

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