Germany’s domestic intelligence agency has said it will monitor leading anti-lockdown protesters over concerns they pose a threat to democracy and have ties to the far right. Al Jazeera quotes a spokeswoman for the agency as saying that the surveillance targets some members of the “Querdenker” or “Lateral Thinkers” movement, which has organised increasingly violent protests against coronavirus lockdowns and includes conspiracy theorists and suspected far-right members. This as authorities fear that those from the far-right and conspiracy theorists who either deny the existence of COVID-19 or downplay its threat to public health are exploiting lockdown frustrations to stir anger against politicians and state institutions five months before a general election.