Leading German COVID Policy Critic, Professor, Gets Detained By Police For Walking Without Mask

Dark times return to Germany as authorities attempt to stomp out freedoms. 

Police randomly target, pick off peaceful demonstrators. Symbol photo. Source: Freie Niedersachsen

As Germany scrambles to stifle the growing grassroots movement against COVID restrictions and vaccine mandates, authorities are resorting to ever more extreme tactics to shut down the fundamental right to dissent.

One retired German professor recounts his own experience:

Detained, charged and barred – for going for a walk …out of control authorities 

By Prof. Dr. Stefan Homburg
Originally published at Reitschuster.de

[Hanover] Yesterday, the Monday after New Year’s Day, 2022, I wanted to watch for the first time one of the “walks” now taking place by the thousands all over Germany since authorities have banned demonstrations.

I know from the newspaper that the police have issued a general order on FFP2 masks to make it easier to take tougher action against walkers. The medical bogus arguments are no longer used, so I put a mask in my pocket.

At the Town Hall, the designated meeting place, I can only see a huge police contingent. I stroll alone to the state parliament, where a large group of people are being detained and requested to designate a leader of the gathering. I stay away from that and continue to Hanover’s Kröpcke central square, where on this mild January evening several hundred people can be found, most of them on their way to or from the shops.

Keeping an eye out for possible walkers, I stop for a moment and a lady standing next to me abruptly says she hasn’t been downtown for ages because of lockdowns and masks. As I feel the same way, we admire the Christmas decorations together for half a minute. As I want to move on, there are suddenly five police officers in front of us and, as I turn around, about ten to fifteen behind us, forming a ring around the lady, myself and maybe eight other, mostly elderly people. Asked what this means, a blonde policewoman answers me that she hereby declares us an [illegal] assembly. I immediately put on my FFP2 mask, am honestly shocked and reply that this is probably a civic prank. As a result of the police presence and the crowd that has formed, there are now many spectators in the square, and basically any lot of persons could be surrounded from behind and declared an “assembly”.

An acquaintance who happens to be passing by wants to join me, but she is not allowed into police surrounded group, and I am not allowed out. More and more police officers arrive, also spectators, and the whole scene is getting filmed many times over. I also receive shouts from people who recognize me and express their surprise at this strange measure. The term “fascism” gets used and the police officers are verbally attacked harshly by the bystanders.

After about a quarter of an hour, things get serious: I am taken away by three men, and when I ask what I am accused of, I get the answer: violation of the obligation to wear a mask. I reply that I am wearing one, even FFP2, and have been since the group formed. But it is of no use: I should have been wearing the mask before the group formed, and that they have photos to prove that this was not the case.

Now that I am away from the others, I only notice out of the corner of my eye that others who are not wearing masks are worse off. Maybe because they just wanted to walk through the city and for that reason didn’t have one with them. In any case, I hear commotion and screams, but as a detained person I cannot investigate. After taking my personal details, the police tell me that proceedings will be taken against me and that I am banished from the entire city center. Yet, the police officer in charge is unable to define the boundaries of the area. Instead, he threatens me with imprisonment in case of a violation.

Two conclusions

Firstly, the police can, through underhanded singling out, pin a case on anyone who is outside their home, and that is probably the point of the action. Secondly, if this cannot be called fascism, where does it actually begin? Or to put it another way, what more do we actually want to put up with?

Dr Stefan Homburg is a retired university professor of public finance at Leibniz University in Hanover, Germany, and has advised numerous governments, politicians and parliaments and provides information on the Corona crisis at twitter.com/SHomburg.

8 responses to “Leading German COVID Policy Critic, Professor, Gets Detained By Police For Walking Without Mask”

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  2. richard

    Masks –
    “Indeed, the latest National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines on the matter do not require operating staff to wear a mask in theatre.8 This decision was based primarily upon the findings of a Cochrane systematic review.9”
    Cochrane systematic review.9 – “Medical or surgical masks
    Seven studies took place in the community, and two studies in healthcare workers. Compared with wearing no mask, wearing a mask may make little to no difference in how many people caught a flu-like illness (9 studies; 3507 people); and probably makes no difference in how many people have flu confirmed by a laboratory test (6 studies; 3005 people). Unwanted effects were rarely reported, but included discomfort.
    N95/P2 respirators
    Four studies were in healthcare workers, and one small study was in the community. Compared with wearing medical or surgical masks, wearing N95/P2 respirators probably makes little to no difference in how many people have confirmed flu (5 studies; 8407 people); and may make little to no difference in how many people catch a flu-like illness (5 studies; 8407 people) or respiratory illness (3 studies; 7799 people). Unwanted effects were not well reported; discomfort was mentioned”

  3. posa

    Masks are useless… Fauci has stated that on several occasions as have expert bio-engineers. Unless people are double masked with N95 level containment, wearing a mask is just a symbolic exercise like wearing religious scapulars. When asked to wear one indoors, I comply going in and soon pull the mask under my chin or off altogether.

    That said, if unvaxxed are clogging up the EDs and ICUs and preventing patients with REAL emergent conditions from getting care, then the Unvaxxed need to be triaged out the door. Go home and snort some ivermectin … be a man and walk the walk instead of just talking the talk.

    Damned if I’m going to bleed to death from an auto accident or wind up drooling in a wheel chair because docs couldn’t perform a thrombectomy to halt and reverse a stroke I was having on account of the unvaxxed occupied all ICU rooms and burned out the staff.

    1. Hasbeen

      I would love to go home & use ivermectin, I’m sure it is of more use than the current crop of so called vaccines. However in Australia, [& a few other places], ivermectin is banned, although it was once an over the counter medication. Doctors are not permitted to prescribe it, chemists are not allowed to dispense it, & if you buy it over seas & try to import it, it will be confiscated by Customs at the air port or mail centre.

      Hydroxychloroquine, which I took for years in the Pacific islands as a prophylactic for malaria is likewise unobtainable now. Something is very rotten in our health care & government systems.

      1. richard

        In the UK, COvid, was downgraded as a highly infectious disease. If it had remained one doctors are a liberty to use anything at their discretion – ie ivermectin.

        This was thought out right from the beginning to favour big pharma.

  4. Martillo

    YOU are the disease, their death squirt covaids clot shot the cure.

    “Once the herd accepts mandatory vaccinations, It’s GAME OVER. They will accept anything – Forcible blood or organ donation- “For the greater good”. We can genetically modify children and sterilize them- “For the greater good”. Control sheep minds and you control the herd. Vaccine makers stand to make billions. And many of you in this room are investors.

    [-snip. Let’s not go over the deep end, folks. I know many are not happy with the way things have developed lately, but try to stay away from all the fringy stuff. -Pierre]

  5. Nessimmersion

    With reference to the vaxxed/unvaxxed clogging up hospitals, it is appropriate to bear in mind that the vaxxed constitute the vast majority of patients:
    ” The latest data available from the UK Health Security Agency confirms that 3 in every 4 Omicron cases admitted to hospital up to 29th December 2021 were people who had been vaccinated against Covid-19.

    On 31st Dec 21 the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), which has recently replaced Public Health England, published a ‘Technical briefing on SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern‘, with this particular briefing being an update on hospitalisation and vaccine effectiveness for the alleged Omicron Covid-19 variant.

    According to the report 2.2% of Omicron hospitalisations could not be linked to a vaccination status, 25.3% were among the not-vaccinated, and 6.1% were among the one dose vaccinated. But the most concerning figures show that 43.2% of Omicron hospitalisations were among the two dose vaccinated population (previously considered fully vaccinated), and 23.2% were among the three/booster dose vaccinated population.”

    “Table 3 of the UKHSA technical briefing confirms the number of Omicron hospitalisations by vaccination status, and it reveals that the vast majority of hospitalisations have occurred in the vaccinated population, with a huge chunk of those being people who had received the “Booster” shot.”


    1. mwhite

      “German Government Data for the alleged Omicron variant of Covid-19, suggests that most of the “fully vaccinated” will have full blown Covid-19 vaccine induced acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) by the end of January 2022, after confirming that the immune systems of the fully vaccinated have already degraded to an average of minus 87%”


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