Things to Note, May 16th

Arrests at anti-lockdown demonstrations in Warsaw, London

Demonstrations took place Saturday in several European cities against restrictions aimed at controlling the spread of the coronavirus, with tear gas used on protesters in Poland and arrests made at a gathering in London’s Hyde Park.

Police in several German cities enforced distancing rules as thousands of people gathered to express a mix of frustrations — at restrictions battering the economy and a perceived loss of civic freedom. In some places, people also voiced conspiracy theories and anti-vaccine views.

Police in Stuttgart said that the permitted number of 5,000 demonstrators was exceeded and directed arriving participants to another open space. Police said there were enforcing a mask requirement under threat of a 300 euro ($325) fine.

The permitted number of 1,000 protesters was reached in Munich on the Theresienwiese event grounds, site of the now-cancelled Oktoberfest beer festival. It was one of a number of gatherings across the southern state of Bavaria.

Several dozen people protested anti-virus rules to loud music in Berlin in a taped-off demonstration area on the central Alexanderplatz square, overseen by 1,000 police who enforced a 1.5 meter (six-foot) distancing requirement and a ban on more than 50 people in one place, the DPA news agency reported. Among the permitted protest groups were several dozen counter-protesters denouncing conspiracy theories and supporting the rights of migrants.

Imperial College model Britain used to justify lockdown a ‘buggy mess’, ‘total unreliable’, experts claim

The heralded model United Kingdom experts have largely used to guide their coronavirus policies is “totally unreliable,” according to experts.

The criticisms follow a series of policy turnabouts, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to extend the national lockdown. The United States also used the model, which predicted upwards of 2.2 million deaths in the US without proper action. The prediction helped influence the White House to adopt a more serious approach to the pandemic.

Experts have derided the coding from Professor Neil Ferguson, warning that it is a “buggy mess that looks more like a bowl of angel hair pasta than a finely tuned piece of programming.”

Statement by the President of the Islamic Development Bank, Dr Bandar Hajjar, at the Meeting of ICESCO Education Ministers

Since its establishment 45 years ago, the IsDB has funded 2,000 educational projects in 136 countries, including Member Countries and Muslim communities in non-Member Countries, at a total cost in excess of US$ 5 billion, and presented 17,000 scholarships in various specializations. The IsDB also established a fund with a capital of US$ 500 million to support innovative projects that help find solutions to development issues in the areas of education, health, infrastructure, energy, water and use science, technology and innovation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

IsDB’s interest in education arises from three key considerations:

First: Education is a human right and must be available to all.

Second: Man is at the heart of development and leads it. Building human capital guarantees success in development.

Third: All countries, including IsDB Member Countries, have committed to implementing the SDGs, including SDG 4 “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” and the role of the IsDB to help Member Countries achieve the SDGs.

Protests against COVID-19 measures held across Germany

Several thousand people gathered in numerous German cities to protest against restrictive measures to fight COVID-19, prompting counterdemonstrators who voiced their disapproval of conspiracy theories.

In Berlin, accompanied by police officers, people gathered in various locations to protest against hygiene regulations adopted to fight the COVID-19 on Saturday, reports Xinhua news agency.

At a demonstration in Munich against the COVID-19 policy, the approved number of 1,000 participants for demonstrations was reached shortly before the start of the event.

The city had allowed a maximum of 1,000 people, under the condition of observing the minimum distance of 1.5 meters and a time limit of two hours, according to the German Press Agency (DPA).

Also, in Stuttgart, Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia, people have demonstrated in several places against what they considered to be excessive measures.

In several cities such as Frankfurt and Hamburg, however, hundreds of counterdemonstrators had also gathered, protesting against conspiracy theories.

Counterdemonstrators in Hamburg carried banners such as “conspiracy theories endanger your health” and “stop right-wing agitation”, according to DPA.

Germany has so far reported 175,752 COVID-19 cases, with 7,938 deaths.

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