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Thousands of people demonstrated across Germany in the latest wave of protests against COVID-19 restrictions and mandatory vaccinations. In the southwestern city of Freiburg, around 4,500 people have joined a demonstration against a planned vaccination requirement and other measures to contain the pandemic, police said on Saturday. The organizers had expected around 7,000 participants. Police said there were no significant incidents, although counter-protesters tried to block the march’s route with bicycles. In the eastern part of Leipzig, the police ended a demonstration with several hundred people. A spokesman said several dozen people broke through a police cordon and ran onto the grounds of the Leipzig University Hospital Psychiatric Hospital, where police arrested them to establish their identities. According to the police, investigations are underway – among other things, for violating the Assembly Act, resisting law enforcement officers and violating the Corona rules in the state of Saxony. Elsewhere in the state, up to 1,250 people gathered for an unauthorized protest in the town of Zwonitz, police said. The personal details of ten people were logged because they had veiled their faces – a criminal offense at public gatherings in Germany. In addition, the authorities have launched an investigation into the demonstration for non-registration. In Brandenburg an der Havel, a city west of Berlin, police have broken up an undeclared demonstration against coronavirus policies. The participants were charged with joining an unauthorized gathering or failing to follow mask-wearing rules. Several hundred people also demonstrated in Schwerin in north-eastern Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on Saturday. At its peak, the gathering had around 900 people, according to police. There have been other events related to the pandemic, such as in the town of Cuxhaven on Germany’s North Sea coast, where about 1,250 people formed a socially distanced human chain 2.5 kilometers long, a local authority spokesman said. The stunt was intended as a show of solidarity. Australian Associated Press