Police deployed water cannons on Saturday in an effort to break up an antifa demonstration that was disrupting an anti-lockdown rally in Hamburg, Germany.
The authorities were called to action after 120 antifa counter-protesters, dressed in black hoodies, consistently ignored requests to steer clear of the "Vigil for the Basic Law" rally against the lockdown measures.
The initial lockdown protest featured those who insisted that the government reopen the economy. This group was given the go-ahead to move forward with their event after the organizers agreed to keep the limit of attendees below 750 as opposed to the thousands who would usually be allowed to show up if not for social distancing measures installed due to the pandemic.
The protestors who were permitted to be out were obeying social distancing protocols, and asking that the government make testing more available as opposed to keeping everyone quarantined.
But it did not take long before antifa counter-protesters took to the streets to ironically side of the government against those who simply want to get back to work.
One speaker at the rally said that more people have died from essential surgeries being postponed than the coronavirus. There was also a call to allow the coronavirus vaccine optional, though the German government has never said it would be mandatory.
Antifa not only violated the social distancing protocols, but they also held up signs that read "AGAINST THE RIGHT," which was a direct response to the protestors who had followed the rules and protested safely.
Similar protest/counter-protest events have happened in Berlin as well.
Germany has, at the time of this writing, had over 177,000 people test positive for Covid-19, with over 8,200 fatalities as a result of the disease.