Before the “Kobe” eviction in Berlin
Relatively quiet night, police with technical teams and evacuation tanks on site
The left-wing autonomous “Kobe” car camp next to a house in Berlin-Mitte has been vacated since the early 1990s. A large police force and heavy technology is to be used. The left view wants to defend itself.
The left-wing autonomous car camp “Kobe” in Berlin-Mitte is set to be evacuated by a large police force on Friday. Technical teams and police evacuation tanks have already been rolled out. Residents of the site have declared opposition.
According to police, it was relatively quiet Friday night before the operation. A police spokesman said Friday morning that some cars had caught fire in the area around Copenhagen Strauss. He put this at four to five in the initial balance sheet. In Grosberg, strangers smashed Ritterstrass’ car windows and threw paint bags at homes. According to police, three scooters were set on fire in the Lifestras area. There were also some burning rubble containers.
About 100 supporters of “Kobe” arrived at three rallies registered in the area surrounded by police from 5am on Friday. According to Rbb reporters, “Kobe” supporters climbed trees in the Wagenberg area and chained themselves. Loudspeaker announcements from the camp area indicate that the removal of the shield may endanger the lives of these people. Observers say this could cause security ropes to break and trees to fall.
Residents and supporters called for disturbances in the “red zone” on Thursday. About 500 participants protested Thursday evening for the maintenance of the left-wing alternative camp. A spokesman said a policeman threw the bottle and was slightly injured. In addition, pyrotechnics and smoke pots were ignited on the demonstration train. The demo ended at the intersection of Bethany and Copenhagen Strauss, where bars and a police van blocked the way to the “red zone”.
Disputes with residents are expected
The area around Copenhagen Stress was guarded by police with a correspondingly large group until early Friday morning. As many as 700 additional troops and federal police personnel were called in from the federal territory for Friday’s clearance operation, a spokesman said. According to reports, a total of 2,000 officers are on duty in Copenhagen Strauss and other locations not mentioned in Berlin. Risk level assessment runs until shortly before the start of the mission.
The car camp at a site in Copenhagen Strauss is considered one of the last symbolic projects of the left-wing scene in Berlin. The owner sued for a successful eviction in June over a building permit. Urgent application from residents to prevent confiscation The Berlin Court of Appeal dismissed Wednesday.
Over the past few days, residents have secured an additional 2,600 square meters of space with a four-meter-high fence and barbed wire fence. One will not give up without a fight, it was said last week.
The back of the Kobe building will not be removed
Hundreds of supporters of “Kobe” demonstrated in Mitte and Friedrichshaine last weekend. Over the past few nights, trash cans and tires have been set on fire several times in the area. Wednesday morning Strangers damaged the glazing of the entrance doors in the barracks in Berlin-Mitte and sprayed the building with the slogan “Kobe stays”.
A large rear building also belongs to “Kobe”, but it should not be removed. The building on the strip of wall in East Berlin was occupied in 1990, the year after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In addition to the apartments on the upper floors, there is a concert room, a climbing wall, a small sports hall and a cinema in the basement and lower floors. According to the Residents Association, about 30 people live with old construction trailers on a nearby property.
It is not possible to predict how the situation will develop after the eviction. Opposition to the eviction of the occupied house “Lipik 34” in Friedrichshaine in October 2020 was much smaller than in similar cases before. Violent attacks on police took place during a fire safety raid on a partially occupied home in Rigor 94 in June.
Broadcast: Inforadio, October 15, 2021, 6:00 p.m.
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