Thousands of people turned out in Berlin on Saturday, Aug. 1, to protest the country’s CCP Virus (coronavirus) lockdown policies.

Nearly 20,000 protesters who came from across the country gathered in demonstrations that stretched for miles in downtown Berlin, holding homemade signs with slogans like “Corona, false alarm,” “We are the second wave,” and “We are being forced to wear a muzzle,” according to The Associated Press.

Protesters without masks expressed frustration after months of mandatory lockdown restrictions imposed by local and central governments throughout Germany.

Law enforcement found limited success in an attempt to enforce social distancing and wearing masks.

“We’re here and we’re loud because we are being robbed of our freedom!” they chanted.

Germany has more than 210,000 confirmed cases of CCP Virus as of Saturday and more than 9,100 people have died from the disease.

Since late April, the country’s government has been easing lockdown measures as the infection numbers remained relatively low. Still, there was a recent spike in new cases on Friday, with 955 new infections recorded.

In the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and White House CCP Virus task force member, said this week that Europe’s more stringent shutdown rules allowed it to manage the pandemic better.

Testifying before a congressional committee on the CCP Virus, Fauci attributed a surge in new cases in the United States to loose lockdown and opening too soon. “We really functionally shut down only about 50 percent in the sense of the totality of the country,” Fauci said. “We started off with a very difficult baseline of transmission that was going on at the time that we tried to open up the country.”

In early June, Fauci said that he was “very concerned” that the protests could spread the virus. However, during Thursday’s hearing, he refused to give a direct answer when asked if ongoing protests and demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd in the United States should be banned.

“But do you understand Americans’ concern?” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) asked Fauci. “Protesting according to Democrats is just fine, but you can’t go to work, you can’t go to school, you can’t go to church. There are limits on all three of those fundamental activities, but protesting is just fine.”