Europe - World News - May 18, 2020

19 arrested in UK as anti-lockdown protesters demonstrate across Europe

London — Anti-lockdown protesters demonstrated across Europe over the weekend, voicing their dissatisfaction with government measures intended to stop the spread of COVID-19. Many European nations have closed schools and businesses and have asked people to remain largely in their homes.

Thousands of people took to the streets in Germany, even though the country had recently eased its lockdown measures, the Associated Press reported. In Munich, authorities said that over 1,000 people gathered. In Stuttgart, there were over 5,000 demonstrators, according to the AP.

In the Polish capital of Warsaw, police used teargas against demonstrators and claimed the protest was illegal because it was not approved in advance, the AP said. Dozens of people, including a senator, were reportedly detained.

Demonstrators Protest Against Coronavirus Restrictions And Policies
Demonstrators gather to protest against lockdown measures and other government policies relating to the novel coronavirus crisis on May 16, 2020 in Stuttgart, Germany.
In Britain, despite lockdown measures having been slightly relaxed last week, about 50 people gathered in London’s Hyde Park on Saturday as part of a sparsely attended nationwide protest. Nineteen were arrested, according to London’s Metropolitan Police.

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