Thousands protest in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands have converged in Berlin to protest Germany’s coronavirus restrictions at a demonstration proclaiming “the end of the pandemic” has arrived. The protest comes as German authorities are voicing increasing concerns about an uptick in new infections. A whistling, cheering crowd marched through downtown Berlin from the Brandenburg Gate with few masks in sight on Saturday. Protesters held up homemade placards featuring slogans that included “Corona, false alarm,” and “We are being forced to wear a muzzle.”  German officials pleaded with the public this week to observe social distancing and wear masks. The national disease control center reported 955 new cases Friday, a high number by recent standards.