BERLIN (Reuters) \u2013 Thousands of demonstrators rallied in Berlin on Saturday to protest against measures imposed in Germany to stem the coronavirus pandemic, saying they violated people\u2019s rights and freedoms. The loose gathering, estimated by police at 15,000, included libertarians, constitutional loyalists and sceptics of the science behind policies to fight the pandemic. There was also a small far-right presence with some marchers carrying Germany\u2019s imperial flag. Protesters danced and sang \u2018We are free people!\u2019 to the tune of rock band Queen\u2019s \u2018We Will Rock You\u2019. Others marched with placards saying \u2018We are making a noise because you are stealing our freedom!\u2019 and \u2018Do think! Don\u2019t wear a mask!\u2019. The protests followed a rallying call from Michael Ballweg, an entrepreneur and political outsider who has organised similar rallies in Stuttgart and is running to become mayor of the southwestern city. \u201cOur demand is to return to democracy,\u201d said one protester who declined to give his name. \u201cThe mask that enslaves us must go.\u201d He, like most of the protesters, was not wearing a face mask. Germany has been less severely hit than some other European countries, with more than 200,000 infected by COVID-19 and nearly 1,000 dying from it. After initial success in curbing infections, they are starting to rise again. Most people have respected measures that include wearing face masks in shops, while the government has just imposed mandatory tests for holidaymakers returning from high-risk areas. But a vocal minority is chafing against the restrictions, saying they are crushing diversity of thought and doing untold social and economic harm. \u201cOnly a few scientists around the world who follow the government\u2019s lead are heard,\u201d said protester Peter Konz. Those who hold different views \u201care silenced, censored or discredited as defenders of conspiracy theories\u201d.