German Parliament Accused of Passing a Covid-19 Enabling Act

Dresden Christmas Market
The Striezelmarkt in Dresden, Germany, is considered the first genuine Christmas market in the world. By LH DD/Dittrich – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, link

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Carl Friis-Hansen; Protestors in Germany have accused the state of endangering citizens rights, by granting the German executive sweeping powers to shut premises or impose curfews to control Covid-19 outbreaks. But advocates claim the law requires greater oversight of Covid-19 lockdown decisions, and provides special protection for cultural events.

Police break up large Berlin protests as Germany passes tougher coronavirus laws

Large crowds protested in Berlin against the German government’s push to enshrine coronavirus restrictions into an existing law. Police intervened as the crowds sought to approach the parliament.


“Police calling on demonstrators to leave. Lots of booing. Demonstrators want to access cordoned-off area around parliament where new additions to infection law are being debated [at the moment,],” DW’s Nina Haase reported from the scene. 

A tense standoff ensued, as police tried to convince the crowd to disperse amid cries of “We are the people!” and as some protesters started singing the national anthem. 

What do the new rules entail?

Germany’s lower and upper houses passed changes to Germany’s existing infection protection law, catering more specifically to the coronavirus pandemic. The new measures will enable the government to impose restrictions on social contact, rules on mask-wearing, drinking alcohol in public, shutting shops and stopping sports events. 

Demonstrators who took part in the Wednesday protests did not actively wear masks or socially distance. But one participant wore a face mask with the words “Merkel-Muzzle,” while others held banners with slogans such as “For Enlightenment. Peace and Freedom.” 

Critics say the coronavirus laws would give the government too much power and endanger citizens’civil rights. 

The right-wing populist AfD has even gone as far comparing the proposed measures with the Enabling Act of 1933 that paved the way towards Adolf Hitler’s dictatorship, particularly in its social media postings. A senior AfD member, Bernd Baumann, drew the same parallel in the Bundestag.

Read more: https://www.dw.com/en/police-break-up-large-berlin-protests-as-germany-passes-tougher-coronavirus-laws/a-55644706

The German art community seems happy about the new laws. A leading arts advocate claims the new laws for the first time recognise cultural events as being distinct from art exhibitions.

German Infection law: A new legal status for culture

Date 19.11.2020
Author Dagmar Breitenbach

Under Germany’s infection protection law, culture is no longer classified as entertainment. Canceling arts events in the pandemic might become difficult.

In Germany’s recently passed Infection Protection Law, culture now has an enhanced legal status as the government fights the coronavirus pandemic by restricting certain fundamental rights enshrined in the German constitution. Previously, decrees were used to meet the crisis — including the weeks-long closure of theaters, concert halls, museums and other venues and the blanket ban of most arts and entertainment events in the Spring, and again in November 2020.

‘Good thing:’ New status for culture

The German Culture Council has welcomed the change to the legislation that now gives culture a special status.

Read more: https://www.dw.com/en/german-infection-law-a-new-legal-status-for-culture/a-55660182

What a mess. If I have understood correctly, under the new laws you might be arbitrarily banned from visiting your family at Christmas or even be required to self isolate by remaining indoors at home, but in the middle of all this lockdown mania you could still be granted a special pass to attend cultural events like Oktoberfest or a visit to Germany’s famous Christmas markets, because major cultural events now enjoy special privileges.

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Geoff Sherrington
November 21, 2020 2:20 am

Hitler.

Reply to  Geoff Sherrington
November 21, 2020 4:06 am

Hitler.

Bryan A
Reply to  Windy
November 21, 2020 7:34 am

Shhhh

Jan de Jong
Reply to  Bryan A
November 21, 2020 8:30 am

Stasi?

Scissor
Reply to  Bryan A
November 21, 2020 8:32 am

Klaus Schwab.

Greg
Reply to  Scissor
November 21, 2020 8:49 am

Amazingly, german Antifa are now demonstrating * in favour* of this draconian law and mounting counter protests to those who are starting to push back against never ending lockdowns.

https://www.rt.com/news/507389-berlin-germany-covid-protests-video/

They should check out the history of the original anti-fascists of the 1930s (whose flag they have adopted) and what happened to them once the Nazis didn’t need them any more.

D Anderson
Reply to  Windy
November 21, 2020 9:45 am

Hitler^2

Reply to  Geoff Sherrington
November 21, 2020 9:46 am

Welcome to the new flu season, folks. We have for your enjoyment new flavors of influenza and a range of new recently mutated coronaviruses to be infected by. With nature’s help, there is no reason to release a designer virus. How nice.

Also, for your enjoyment, we have kept the crappy PCR test that will now produce loads of new and exciting false positives. Thus, everyone has a chance to join in the festivities of quarantine, lockdowns, and restrictions, which have been careful selected by your power-hungry government with no regard for your safety or welfare.

It’s so comforting to know the government always has us in mind, at least in some way.

Always looking for more ways to virtual signal, our officials have been given a moral high ground of politicized and misrepresented “science” to wrap themselves in. After all they are killing us in other ways to avoid catching a deadly virus that is 99.6% survivable, with the elderly most at risk. Way to go, guys—we are so proud—while we have no income, no contact with others, forced to wear useless, actually unhealthy, masks, and suffer from a wide range of medical deprivation.

Why allow normal medical services when you have a flu season that is, well, not far from totally normal? People are so stupid they do not understand that a survivable virus is much more dangerous than cancer, heart attacks, strokes, drug addiction, and general neglect.

D. Anderson
Reply to  Geoff Sherrington
November 21, 2020 9:46 am

Schicklgruber

n.n
Reply to  Geoff Sherrington
November 21, 2020 1:26 pm

Hitler is in America, or so claims the consensus. This is clearly the work of a Mao, Stalin, Mugabe et al in a politically congruent collusion between public and private interests in a neo-fascist enterprise

Ack
November 21, 2020 2:21 am

Coming soon to Bidens america

Fran
Reply to  Ack
November 21, 2020 10:21 am

Already here in Canada.

Reply to  Ack
November 21, 2020 10:54 am

Harris’ Amerika.

Trump’s ‘Merica will be suppressed.

November 21, 2020 2:50 am

I’m happy to be not part of the younger generation, that has to live longer in these times of developpement towards GDR 2.0

bonbon
Reply to  Krishna Gans
November 21, 2020 5:10 am

We’ve been in the Brussels Soviet since the Maastricht Treaty….
The Brits are trying to leave that Soviet, but will they succeed?
Notice the Davos Great Reset coming straight from the City of London (with its own Mayor and Sheriff) .

JMS Martins
Reply to  bonbon
November 21, 2020 5:58 am

Well said! Feel the same , too much Brussels and for too long. Wish I was British.

Gerry, England
Reply to  bonbon
November 22, 2020 4:18 am

We have already left the EU earlier this year and leave the Transition on 31 December at 11pm.

Kenan Meyer
November 21, 2020 3:41 am

In fact the new law leaves it the WHO to declare a pandemic and consequently unlimited powers will be transferred to government. The parliament has no more say in this.

Klem
Reply to  Kenan Meyer
November 21, 2020 4:04 am

Based on the definition of pandemic, we have multiple pandemics every year. But then I heard that the defining feature of this pandemic is that it is not seasonal.

Well now that it is returning to the northern hemisphere in the fall, it is clearly seasonal.

This cannot be declared a pandemic anymore. The pandemic declaration must be rescinded. It never was more than a regular cold/flu season.

This is about social control now

Dave Ward
Reply to  Klem
November 21, 2020 7:46 am

“This is about social control now”

The World Economic Forum is openly talking about the “Great Reset”, and many political leaders & environmental groups witter on about “Building Back Better”, so that is not in any doubt…

Greg
Reply to  Dave Ward
November 21, 2020 8:50 am

“This is about social control now” …. it aways was. It’s just taken most folks 8 mo the work it out.

Kenan Meyer
November 21, 2020 3:44 am

“If I have understood correctly, under the new laws you might be arbitrarily banned from visiting your family at Christmas or even be required to self isolate by remaining indoors at home, but in the middle of all this lockdown mania you could still be granted a special pass to attend cultural events like Oktoberfest or a visit to Germany’s famous Christmas markets, ”

Well, for your information, there is no more Oktoberfest or Christmas markets.

Kenan Meyer
Reply to  Kenan Meyer
November 21, 2020 3:50 am

correction, I hit the send button to fast: I only know for sure that there will be no christmas markets in Munich this year and of course there was no Oktoberfest in Munich in 2020. If there’ll be one in 2021 remains uncertain

Reply to  Kenan Meyer
November 21, 2020 7:41 am

There is no general prohibition of Christmas markets in Germany, but most Christmas markets in greater cities are canceled.

griff
November 21, 2020 4:01 am

If the USA had had the same covid death rate as Germany you’d have had about 38,000 deaths instead of 251,000. One in a thousand Americans will have died of this by Xmas, at this rate.

Perhaps you ought to take this seriously?

icisil
Reply to  griff
November 21, 2020 4:30 am

Peru had the harshest lockdown and the highest mortality rate, so what’s your point?

Germany didn’t aggressively intubate covid patients like the US did. Perhaps you ought to take that seriously.

Ken
Reply to  griff
November 21, 2020 4:45 am

One thing the youth of America are learning is that the Left are a group of people that will give up their fredoms and liberty at the drop of a hat. They live in fear of their own shadow and look to government to save them from any trouble no matter how small the threat. The people that built this nation and fought to preseve it hang their head in shame.

rbabcock
Reply to  griff
November 21, 2020 4:55 am

Like the Earth’s temperature numbers, the COVID numbers are made up as well. Even Fauci implies it. Because the hospitals get more money from the US government for treating COVID patients, EVERYONE IN THE HOSPITAL HAS COVID. And when you run the PCR test over 35 cycles (which we do here), you are going to get a huge number of false positives. Why can’t you and your ilk understand this?

Perhaps you ought to take this seriously.

icisil
Reply to  rbabcock
November 21, 2020 5:29 am
RelPerm
Reply to  icisil
November 21, 2020 8:01 am

Wow,

West Virginia at $471,000 federal aid per COVID case should start trucking in patients from other states and make some real CA$H off this money laundering machine!!

Reply to  griff
November 21, 2020 5:04 am

Look where the most deaths in the USA are located and compare these locations with Germanys locations,
Than come back.
And look, where HCQ was banned and why.

icisil
Reply to  Krishna Gans
November 21, 2020 5:37 am

US states that restrict HCQ

https://www.americasfrontlinedoctors.com/hcq/

n.n
Reply to  Krishna Gans
November 21, 2020 9:55 am

The value of HCQ is that it operates in two modes: facilitates entry of Zn, and restricts entry of SARS-CoV-2. And as a well understood drug with a well-established low risk profile over nearly a century, it (particular HCQ+Zn+Az) can be administered early with a low dose, complement the body’s defenses, and mitigate disease progression at a cost measured in dollars, not hundreds, not thousands, or more. It’s global use (i.e. signal diversity) confirms its effectiveness beyond a simple coincidence.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  n.n
November 21, 2020 12:07 pm

I have just been prescribed Plaquenil for chronic inflammation. This is HCQ. The literature states that it takes time for it to accumulate in the body to reach its maximum effectiveness.
So, taking a very sick person and expecting a few doses to work is not within the function of the drug. But I suspect they knew this and failed to mention it when reporting that HCQ doesn’t work. And because azithromycin can cause heart issues with those who are susceptible to QT interval prolongation it should not be used in conjunction with HCQ for those people . I suspect they already knew that also and failed to mention it.

Carl Friis-Hansen
Reply to  griff
November 21, 2020 5:16 am

Dear Griff,
you missed the point by a large margin.

The issue is if the individual member of the public is allowed to decide over their way of life, or if we the people must subvert to the culture, behavior and uniformity as laid out by a governing elite.

Why did hordes of people immigrate to North America at the time of the Mayflower to this day and age? There are many reasons, of cause, but one of them being incompetent and irrational ruling in their country of origin.
In North America they could now live as Jewish, Mormons, Atheists, Lutherans, Catholics, Buddists, etc. Free of government tyranny as they experienced in Europe, China and many other places.

Most countries constitutions are vise and people friendly, something worth protecting.
The Greens invite a renewed event like the one in Germany’s 1933 cup, which was conducted in virtually the same way as we fail to see today.
Trump may not be everyone’s favorite, but what Trump & Co stands for is counter to the Green 1933 style cup many (or most of us) get blinded to via Big Tech, Associated Press and world wide elite propaganda and censorship.

Dave Ward
Reply to  Carl Friis-Hansen
November 21, 2020 7:50 am

“Why did hordes of people immigrate to North America at the time of the Mayflower” In North America they could now live as Jewish, Mormons, Atheists, Lutherans, Catholics, Buddists, etc

I’ve been watching the TV series “America from Above”, on the Smithsonian channel. This subject has featured in nearly every episode.

Trying to Play Nice
Reply to  griff
November 21, 2020 5:25 am

What’s the US death rate now, griff? We got the Chinese flu early, struggled to find the best methods for care and lost a lot of old people with multiple comorbidities. Cumulative totals are useless when talking about a changing environment.

commieBob
Reply to  griff
November 21, 2020 6:19 am

One way or another everyone is taking it seriously. Taking something seriously doesn’t mean you have to respond the same way to the problem.

Where I am, the hospitals are starting to fill up and they’re starting to worry about ICU admissions.

The thing that astounds me is that the authorities aren’t aggressively pushing vitamins (especially vitamin d) as a way to decrease the disease. The evidence is that most people hospitalized by the Wuflu are vitamin d deficient.

Here’s a protocol for the prevention and treatment of the Wuflu.

It seems to me that taking the Wuflu seriously would involve aggressively testing for vitamin d deficiency and treating it where found.

Kenan Meyer
Reply to  griff
November 21, 2020 10:33 am

How many of those died with Covid19 and how many of Covid19!?

One of the extreme examples that comes to mind is a motorcyclist who crashed and happened to have been tested positive within 30 days before.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  griff
November 21, 2020 11:50 am

griff: “One in a thousand Americans will have died of this by Xmas, at this rate.”

That means that 999 our of 1000 will NOT die. So what’s your point?

richard
Reply to  griff
November 21, 2020 1:26 pm

Back around 2008 the meaning of a pandemic was changed from deaths to cases.

With an average life span of 81 years , the average age of death from covid 19 is 81 years and with between 1-3 other serious diseases. Is anyone dying who shouldn’t be dying anyway, they are already in the age bracket of normal mortality. Covid 19 has not been isolated and the PCR test cannot tell the difference between a live or dead virus. It is run at 45 cycles when anything above 35 cycles is garbage. With the meaning changed you can make anything look like a pandemic when you feed all this data into the wrong hands.

MarkW
Reply to  griff
November 21, 2020 3:34 pm

As every good progressive knows, between any two countries all differences can be boiled down to a single difference so long as the difference you hightlight supports the point you are trying to make.

November 21, 2020 4:06 am

Hitler.

icisil
November 21, 2020 4:19 am

I believe this is a result of the new Infection Law.

The moment armed German police raided the home of a #COVID19 lockdown skeptic doctor and treat him like a literal terrorist while he was live streaming.

https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1329442471223373824

Reply to  icisil
November 21, 2020 7:15 am

Police says, no connection with Corona, there are other reasons concerning other persons.
German source

Carl Friis-Hansen
November 21, 2020 4:24 am

The only culture you need to experience is the the culture approved by the government.

Remember when FB removed the an image of the famous “Little Mermaid” in Copenhagen as being inappropriate (the statue has no bikini on), which was crafted in 1913 by Edvard Eriksen and inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/newsoresund/9568217715

What a magnificent culture revolution we have the pleasure of being part of these days /sarc

Reply to  Carl Friis-Hansen
November 21, 2020 7:36 am
Climate believer
November 21, 2020 4:28 am

France, unsurprisingly, is hand in glove with these new restrictions, certified by the Ministry of Truth in Brussels, then imposed under the pretence that our country is still in a state of crisis. A crisis that seems to crush certain ideas on freedom, ideas that form part of the fragile balance of trust between a government and it’s people.

We have absurdity, piled on absurdity, with ailes in supermarkets being cordoned off with tape as you would a crime scene, even different sections laid over with plastic sheeting.

You can buy a USB card, but no children’s toys. You can buy children’s clothes, but not woman’s clothes. You can buy socks…….. no you’ll never guess because you’re not stark raving mad….. but no, you can’t buy slippers. Obvious really when you think about it.

We are squarely “walking on our heads” as we say in France.

They know what they are doing, and they are doing it for a reason.
This is the French Health Minister Olivier Véran before the deputies: “This law, I know does not arouse much enthusiasm in some of you, me neither, but it is essential. We must accept to restrict some of our freedoms to which we are attached “.

Essential……you must accept.

Dave Ward
Reply to  Climate believer
November 21, 2020 7:54 am

“You can buy a USB card, but no children’s toys. You can buy children’s clothes, but not woman’s clothes. You can buy socks……..”

In the UK we have now graciously been allowed to buy Christmas trees, but we still don’t know if The Powers That Be are going to let us actually celebrate the occasion in any meaningful form…

bonbon
November 21, 2020 4:36 am

The Infection Prevention Law has been around since years, and has been modified regularly.

The infamous Enabling Law of the 1930’s was crafted by Carl Schmitt, chief jurist then. His methods, crisis management, are the basis for the Patriot Act after the failed Reichstagsbrand of 9/11. Schmittlerians are found all across the transatlantic.

Real dictatorship is right now being planned at the Great Reset of the Davos billionaire club.
Totalitarian green digital currency, credit, has been mooted by the FED, the ECB, and now IMF’s Lagarde.

The Davos crowd like the water cannons in Berlin taking the heat off their dictatorship.

Coram Deo
November 21, 2020 4:52 am

GERMANY: ENABLING ACT APPROVED AND SIGNED TODAY
video – 10 mins 32 secs
The third version of our so-called law for the protection of the population has been approved by parliament and signed by their president while thousands protested in Berlin.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaDDCOTK8Mk
+
GERMAN DOCTOR HAS POLICE BREAK IN DURING LIVE BROADCAST
video – 2 mins
Dr Andreas Noack…one of the most famous and popular experts when it comes to nutrition, nutrients and health…was rumored to be under investigation for not complying with German COVID-19 lockdown laws, but some speculate there could be more to it. The arrest came after the German Parliament passed the “Infection Protection Law’.
https://3speak.co/watch?v=rair2/apmpwxyl

Reply to  Coram Deo
November 21, 2020 7:18 am

No Corona connection, see my comment above

Nik
November 21, 2020 5:30 am

You can take the girl (who was director of propaganda of the equivalent Lenin’s Young Pioneers and the girls’ version of the Hitler Jugend) out of the DDR, but you can’t take the DDR out of the girl

Carl Friis-Hansen
Reply to  Nik
November 21, 2020 6:09 am

You can see this girl in my post from 2009 “Shameful Exploit Of UK Children In Climate Propaganda”
https://klimabedrag.carl-fh.com/article/full/shameful-exploit-of-uk-children-in-climate-propaganda

Note, the site was put in the shadows many years ago. It’s original domain was klimabedrag.dk

Sara
November 21, 2020 5:55 am

Hitler? Saw a brief video this morning of Hitler phoning Biteme and telling him he’s an idiot. Made me giggle.

So wherefore are we in this Covid Crisis? It’s chilly weather coming on, and if you know viruses, you know they seem to enjoy the cold weather – runny noses, sneezing and spraying, coughing, etc. – and the flu raises its obnoxious head, so we get flu shots to avoid it. I don’t see a whole lot of difference between last winter when CV-19 first raised its ugly prickly head, and now, and now it’s back, from outer space, like any other virus and the infection rate has gone back up because people won’t use a little common sense – something like that. But it seems to be rising in cities, not out here in the sticks, so there’s that.

That’s a good reason to stock the pantry, fridge and freezer with stuff, isn’t it? Do what our pioneer ancestors did (well, mine did, anyway) and store stuff to get through winter because you don’t know whether or not you’ll be able to get out of the cave and get a deer or some geese.

Is the grumbling with reinstated restrictions because people can’t go to movies and restaurants like they used to do? There’s no rule says you can’t go outside and take a nice, long walk in the sun, y’know, or take a ramble through the woodlands, even though the leaves are gone. So what’s the real problem?

Yeah, I do think the DDR is becoming a bit over the top but what do you expect when you have a that old Commie dink Merkel in charge of things? She doesn’t know any better and never will. Isn’t it nastier in New Zealand?

icisil
Reply to  Sara
November 21, 2020 6:23 am

“Is the grumbling with reinstated restrictions because people can’t go to movies and restaurants like they used to do? There’s no rule says you can’t go outside and take a nice, long walk in the sun, y’know, or take a ramble through the woodlands, even though the leaves are gone. So what’s the real problem?”

Those movies and restaurants are run by people who work their asses off in normal times to put food on the table and pay the mortgage; lockdowns can destroy their businesses, And most Americans work pay check to pay check. They don’t have the luxury and privileges that you apparently have of not having to fret and going for a walk in the woods.

Sara
Reply to  Sara
November 21, 2020 5:17 pm

Yes, icisil, but I was NOT referring to the people who did the work. I was referring to the people who lost the privilege – for want of a better word – of going out for the evening. All those restrictions have been reinstated where I live, and the only people truly losing out ARE those “low level workers”, but they aren’t the ones doing the complaining.

RelPerm
November 21, 2020 7:39 am

What Germany needs is some Black Lives Matter and Antifa groups to get their rioting and looting activities deemed as allowable cultural events. /s

n.n
Reply to  RelPerm
November 21, 2020 9:47 am

Yes, the neo-fascist Antifa to occupy their cities, and the neo-KKK Some, Select Black Lives Matter to invade their neighborhoods, intimidate them, and force them to kneel.

Reply to  n.n
November 21, 2020 9:57 am

The Antifa doesn’t realise, they are exact what they are fighting against.
If not reality, I had to put a sarc tag 😀

Dave Ward
November 21, 2020 7:42 am

“The German government’s push to enshrine coronavirus restrictions into an existing law”

In the UK a new law was hastily put through parliament (with virtually NO scrutiny), yet most of our lockdown “rules” were enacted under existing legislation. The only possible reason (according to retired Supreme Court Judge, Lord Sumption) is because this prevents parliament from vetoing any of them. Recently, after a threatened rebellion, the small cabal at the top were forced to accept a requirement to have any “significant” changes put to a vote. But since the opposition Labour party are pro-lockdown, they are backing the government! Even the new Conservative “Covid Recovery Group” (apparently numbering up to 100 MP’s – more than the party majority) will probably not be able to stop further measures!

n.n
November 21, 2020 9:45 am

Hah! The Germans want their government to follow the science, not special and peculiar interests, nor kneel to em-pathetic appeals. They don’t believe the popular fiction that they can abort the baby… Fetal-German, and keep her, too. There aren’t so many “good” Germans this time. Progress.

November 21, 2020 2:51 pm

No surprising from a Stalinist Regime.

jtom
November 21, 2020 5:47 pm

The “lock yourself in your cages, wear masks at home, and don’t hug your family,” Nazis in the US are about to learn what, “Live free or die,” means to a significant part of Americans – it means let me live free, or you die (yes, I know, a slightly different twist on the original meaning). Thank goodness the conservative Supreme Court we now have will in all probability quash any overreach by these would-be dictators before things become violent.

I am looking eagerly to the 2022 elections. Too many people voted against Trump because of his demeanor. When they return to voting based on the politics, the leftward lurch will be given a hard right yank.

Gordon A. Dressler
November 22, 2020 11:44 am

Coming soon to Germany (and perhaps to the US even before Germany): SHOW ME YOUR PAPERS! (that document you have received a COVID-19 vaccine)

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”— George Santayana, The Life of Reason: The Phases of Human Progress (1905-1906)

Gordon A. Dressler
Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
November 23, 2020 8:06 am

And then there is this, posted today on WUWT: State Security, Your Papers Please? UK to introduce “Freedom Passes” for Coronavirus
(link https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/11/22/state-security-your-papers-please-uk-to-introduce-freedom-passes-for-coronavirus/ )

PaulH
November 24, 2020 12:09 pm

It’s a relief to know that COVID-19 will not be attending Oktoberfest or any cultural events.

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