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German police and journalists say Covid demos taking their toll

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Repeated demonstrations against coronavirus restrictions in Germany are taking their toll on police officers’ mental health, a union warned on Wednesday, while journalists decried the risk of physical attacks at such events. “The many coronavirus protests are putting a huge strain on our forces,” Oliver Malchow, head of the police union GdP, said in comments published by the RND media group. Police on duty will go from one deployment to the next, often even in the next German state over. Because the protest marches involve increasingly violent encounters with high levels of aggression against …

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