Berlin, Germany (CNN)Berlin police ordered a halt to a demonstration Saturday protesting against the German government's Covid-19 regulations, citing the crowd's failure to abide by social distancing guidelines.
Thousands of Covid-deniers protest in Berlin and London
Thousands of people took to the streets of the capital, including a large contingent of far-right groups and members identifying with the US-based right-wing conspiracy movement QAnon. And in London, a large crowd of protesters took to the streets, calling for the end of what they called "COVID hoax" measures.
Few of the demonstrators wore masks or followed social distancing guidelines as they waved flags and marched towards the Brandenburg Gate for a final rally, where about 20,000 people from Germany and other European countries were expected to gather.
Some held up placards showing German lawmakers with the word "guilty" underneath, while others waved imperialist flags usually associated with far-right group "Reichsbuerger," or displayed tributes to Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
"Mr Trump, please don't forget the German patriots," read one banner.
Just hours into the demonstration, Berlin police tweeted that they were dispersing the marchers.
"Unfortunately, we have no other option: We approached the leader of the demonstration and informed him that his meeting would be dissolved by the police," police said on Twitter.
"All previous measures have not led to compliance with the requirements," police added, pointing to "non-compliance with the distance regulations according to the Infection Protection Act, despite constant requests by the meeting management & our colleagues."
About 3,000 police officers were deployed to monitor the march after concerns about whether social distancing rules would be followed. "We are getting a lot of support from other states and the federal police. Please maintain distance and stay safe," the police tweeted.