German police arrested dozens of protesters in the capital Berlin on Saturday for allegedly flouting the coronavirus lockdown measures.
More than 1000 people, mostly far-left activists, turned up for demonstrations that have become a weekly event.
The police said the rally was unauthorized and not in line with the rules” in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.”
The protesters called for an end to the state of emergency and accused German Chancellor Angela Merkle of “banning life.”
The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party accuses the government of exaggerating the risk posed by the virus and has called for the immediate reopening of all businesses.
Merkel has been praised for her management of the health crisis, which has seen the country record significantly lower deaths than Italy, Spain, France and the UK.
According to data from John Hopkins University, 5877 people have died from the virus in Germany.