Police officers in Munich at a demonstration by opponents of the Corona policy (symbol image)
Photo: Peter Kneffel / dpa
According to the Stuttgart administrative court, unregistered corona "walks" also enjoy the protection of the Basic Law.
The court decided that they should not be banned across the board because of a lack of registration, as can be seen from a press release.
Such protest actions, disguised as “walks”, are organized in numerous cities across Germany by critics of the Corona measures.
The city of Bad Mergentheim banned such gatherings by means of a general decree on December 21, 2021.
The city argued that the unannounced gatherings posed an unacceptable risk of infection - for example by disregarding the mask and distance requirements.
A citizen lodged an appeal against the decision with the administrative court.
In a decision dated January 12, 2022, the court ruled that the preventive ban is likely to violate the constitutional requirements of freedom of assembly.
The lack of registration alone does not pose a threat to public safety.
For such a ban, there is a lack of a "viable risk prognosis" for the city of Bad Mergentheim.
Instead of a ban on assembly, the city should have examined milder means such as an obligation to wear a mouth and nose cover.
Vaccination opponents fail with urgent application
In Hamburg, however, the administrative court rejected the request of organizers of a demonstration against compulsory vaccination.
The action had been banned for reasons of infection protection – the applicants had taken action against it.
Without success: From the point of view of the court, there are "sufficient concrete and reliable indications" for a violation of the mask and distance obligation.
This had already been the case at previous events by the same organizers.
The decision can be appealed to the Higher Administrative Court.