As water sprayed from the cannons rained down on protesters outside the landmark Brandenburg Gate, police in riot gear moved through the crowd carrying away some participants.
Some demonstrators threw fireworks, flares and other objects in response as police helicopters hovered overhead. Officers avoided shooting the cannons directly at protesters because there were children in the crowd, and they worked slowly and methodically to disperse the crowd, Berlin police spokesman Thilo Cabiltz said. Some protesters popped open umbrellas and held their ground affction they were eventually forced back.
More than people were arrested, Cabiltz said, and many more temporarily detained. Nine police officers were injured. The protest crowd thinned ificantly by late afternoon Lonely women Dominica many demonstrators marched back to the city's main train station, chanting and blowing whistles.
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The health minister denied that vaccinations would be compulsory, a claim repeatedly made by those protesting against government measures. German authorities took the rare step Tuesday of banning a series of protests directly outside the parliament building due to security concerns.
Fencing was put up around a wide area that included the Bundestag, nearby parliamentary offices, the federal chancellery and the presidential residence and offices. Outside the metal cordons, protesters gathered early Wednesday by the Brandenburg Gate, and on streets and bridges.
The demonstrators came from all walks of life, ranging from the far-left Hello gurly xxx the far-right, and included families and students. The police department warned that officers had received an order to detain people not following the regulations.
Some participants attacked police officers and journalists.