Berlin Senator for the Interior condemned “blind rage of destruction” during “Köpi” evacuation – BZ Berlin
After the evacuation of “Köpi-Platz” and a subsequent protest demonstration, Berlin’s Senator for the Interior, Andreas Geisel, condemned violence and riots.
“What we experienced yesterday is not a political stance, but a blind rage to destroy,” said the SPD politician on Saturday, according to the interior administration.
“It’s destructive and doesn’t solve a single problem. The state will not give way to threats of violence. The rule of law is a valuable asset and must always prevail. “
Berlin also needs freedom for unconventional forms of living and alternative projects. “It’s part of our city,” said Geisel. “But these free spaces must not be unlawful spaces.”
The property of uninvolved people was destroyed and police officers attacked and injured. “There is nothing to justify that.”
Giffey: “That’s not okay”
The Berlin SPD top candidate Franziska Giffey also emphasizes on the RRB information radio that violence is not a means of political conflict. “What happens in the city when it comes to the lawful evacuation of places that people are of the opinion to enforce their will with massive violence against police forces, that is not okay,” said Giffey.
It is important to back up the police and emergency services. That is why the exploratory paper for a new coalition of the SPD, the Greens and the Left provides for a clear commitment to expanding the workforce, “to support those who die ensure that the rule of law is enforced”.
On Friday the police had cleared the car camp “Köpi-Platz” with heavy equipment. The square on Köpenicker Straße was seen as a symbolic project of the left-wing autonomous scene in Berlin. The property owner had fought for the evacuation in court.
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In the evening there were numerous riots during a demonstration. According to the police, bottles and stones were thrown at the emergency services, there were also attacks with bars and sometimes serious damage to cars. Some of the officers were injured.