German Parliament Accused of Passing a Covid-19 Enabling Act

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h / t Carl Friis-Hansen; Protesters in Germany have accused the state of endangering civil rights by giving the German executive extensive powers to close premises or impose curfews to combat Covid-19 outbreaks. Proponents, however, claim that the law requires better scrutiny of Covid-19's lockdown decisions and provides extra protection for cultural events.

The police cancels major Berlin protests as Germany passes stricter coronavirus laws

In Berlin, large crowds protested against the federal government's attempt to incorporate the restrictions on corona viruses into an existing law. Police intervened when the crowd tried to approach Parliament.

“The police are asking the demonstrators to leave. Lots of booing. Demonstrators want access to cordoned off areas around parliament, where (currently) new additions to the law on infection are being discussed, ”reported Nina Haase from DW.

A tense stalemate ensued as police tried to convince the crowd to disperse amid shouts of "We are the people!" and when some protesters started singing the national anthem.

What do the new rules contain?

The German lower and upper houses have passed changes to the existing German Infection Protection Act that are specifically geared towards the coronavirus pandemic. The new measures will allow the government to impose restrictions on social contact, rules on wearing masks, drinking alcohol in public, closing shops and stopping sporting events.

Protesters who took part in the protests on Wednesday did not wear masks or social distancing. However, one participant wore a face mask that read "Merkel-Muzzle" while others held banners with slogans such as "For Enlightenment". Peace and freedom. "

Critics say the coronavirus laws give too much power to the government and endanger the civil rights of citizens.

The right-wing populist AfD has even gone so far as to compare the proposed measures with the Enabling Act of 1933, which paved the way for Adolf Hitler's dictatorship, especially in its social media posts. A high-ranking AfD member, Bernd Baumann, drew the same parallel in the Bundestag.

Read more: https://www.dw.com/de/police-break-up-large-berlin-protests-as-germany-passes-tougher-coronavirus-laws/a-55644706

The German art scene seems to be happy about the new laws. A leading art attorney claims that the new laws recognize for the first time cultural events as distinct from art exhibitions.

German Infection Law: A New Legal Status for Culture

date 11/19/2020
author Dagmar Breitenbach

According to the German Infection Protection Act, culture is no longer considered entertainment. Canceling art events in the pandemic could be difficult.

In Germany's recently passed Infection Protection Act, culture now has an improved legal status, as the government is fighting the coronavirus pandemic by restricting certain fundamental rights enshrined in the German constitution. Previously, decrees were put in place to deal with the crisis – including the week-long closure of theaters, concert halls, museums and other venues, as well as a general ban on most art and entertainment events in the spring and again in November 2020.

Good thing: new status for culture

The German Cultural Council welcomed the change in the law, which now gives culture a special status.

Read more: https://www.dw.com/en/german-infection-law-a-new-legal-status-for-culture/a-55660182

What a mess. If I get it right, the new laws may arbitrarily prohibit you from visiting your family for Christmas, or even need to self-isolate by staying home, but in the midst of all this lockdown mania, you might still be A special pass can be granted for cultural events such as the Oktoberfest or a visit to the famous German Christmas markets, because major cultural events now enjoy special privileges.

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