German MPs vote to boost pandemic powers amid huge protests, clashes

Police used water cannon to break up a large demonstration on Wednesday not far from the German parliament, as lawmakers passed legislative amendments boosting government powers in the pandemic.The Interior Ministry had banned rallies from taking place outside the Reichstag parliament building and in the surrounding government district, but several thousand people gathered on the edges of the cordoned-off area.Police ordered a protest at the landmark Brandenburg Gate, not far from parliament, to disperse at around midday because participants were not keeping the required distance or wearing ma…

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