Germany implements law boosting pandemic powers amid protests

Police used water cannon to break up a large demonstration on Wednesday not far from the German parliament, as lawmakers approved 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 around 7,000 people gathered on the edges of the cordoned-off area, according to police spokesperson Anja Dierschke.The protest at the landmark Brandenburg Gate had largely dispersed in the afternoon, after security forces used pepper spray and sprinkled …

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