Calls to protest against the German government's measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus have attracted at least 20k people in the country's capital on Saturday. However, the way these protests were reported by the media afterward sparked a strong backlash as it described the demonstrators as "Neo-Nazis" and "far-right-wing."
Germany Fights Back!— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) August 2, 2020
Thousand marched in protest against Merkel's tyrannical coronavirus restrictions which they say are an infringement of their constitutional rights
Germans have long feared that If given the chance, Merkel would try to establish total control over society. pic.twitter.com/TCOA9TIQHt
The "day of freedom" protests, where demonstrators called on the government to stop forcing wearing masks and lockdown restrictions on them, saying that it violates their personal freedoms, have been framed by several local and international media outlets as "featuring conspiracy theorists and right-wing slogans," which ignited an online discussion on "media bias when it comes to protests that go against the mainstream."
The NYT is totally biased and has lost its way.— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) August 2, 2020
Their agenda is the priority. Everything they do is advocacy. Everything. https://t.co/zU9WzlRrB0
In Germany actually supporting or stepping out the door to protest against German State policies is automatically labelled "naziism, Neo Nazi AFD sentiments"— Follow! TruthHunterMan (@SanMiguelNews) August 2, 2020
Some commentators argued that prominent news websites have been painting all demonstrators as "Neo-Nazis in an attempt to demonize them and their calls." Yet, the BBC correspondent noted that "some participants were from the far-right and some were conspiracy theorists, who do not believe Covid-19 exists, but others were ordinary people who simply object the government's approach to the pandemic."
I am an Asian and not a German, i attended the Protest! It was a successful peaceful protest...Never seen any neo-Nazi movement here.. Just purely anti-corona hoax!— estariraay (@estariraay) August 2, 2020
The New York Times is now such communist propaganda, that it labels mass protests by German citizens opposed to unconstitutional restrictions over Wuhan Flu, as NEO NAZI. At this point, the Times is the enemy of truth. https://t.co/dkHkzg9EQt— Vlad Tepesblog (@Vladtepesblog) August 2, 2020
Additionally, some newspapers who have negatively portrayed the Berlin protest stressing "protesters defiance of social distancing rules" were criticized for "double-standard reporting," as social media users highlighted that the same newspapers were supportive of Black Lives Matter protests that rocked several international cities last June, which "took place during the pandemic too."
Are you kidding nytimes??rofl About a million people were out there,many of them are doctors & laywers on a German Corona Commitee. But it wasn`t appropriate to attend this protest hm? How about a BLM protest? I bet you wouldn`t call anyone "conspiracy theorist or "neo nazi— Gaby (@Gaby46325621) August 2, 2020
Despite having Europe's largest elderly population, Germany has had one of the continent's lowest death rates of less than 0.50%, according to official figures. Thus, the country is witnessing a growing opposition to lockdowns and masks, amid increasing sentiment against the Coronavirus danger they called "a hoax" and "a false alarm."
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