Sacrilege for many Berliners: Much opposition to a fence around the Görli – Berlin

The suggestion of Interior State Secretary Torsten Akmann (SPD) to fence the Görlitzer Park and lock it up at night was not just a personal idea. The proposal was agreed with Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD), said his spokesman Martin Pallgen on Tuesday.

At the same time he relativized the controversial fence solution. "It's not like the Görlitzer Park has not been fenced or covered by a wall to date. The proposal aims at repairing the damaged areas in order to prevent easy access. "Closing at night will not" bring drug trafficking to zero, but we aim to reduce the accompanying crime of drug trafficking "- the violence ,

The district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, the Greens and the FDP are against the fence. The discussion has ignited the obvious impotence of the authorities to curb drug crime in the park.

Despite various attempts in recent years. Already in 2015, the Kreuzberg SPD politician Volker Härtig had demanded to close the park at night to stem the drug trafficking, between midnight and six o'clock, initially for two years.

"A stay in the park in this period could be sanctioned with fine fines between 50 and 100 euros," said Härtig then the Tagesspiegel.Härtig did not want to build a fence, because many roads for cyclists and pedestrians through the park lead his proposal sanded anyway.

Berlin is considered an open city committed to freedom

Lorenz Rollhäuser is spokesman for the park council and residents. He too can hardly imagine a nightly closure. Before talking about fences, the action plan adopted by the district in 2016 should be fully implemented. Although there is a park manager and park runner, but outreach social work, as decided in the concept, just not.

Social workers should mediate the dealers – many of them are rejected asylum seekers – in aid projects and training. Even the "cultural revival" of the peripheral areas, such as sporting events, had never been implemented because the Senate does not provide any money for it. Rollhäuser currently sees the situation as a burden. There is more homelessness and neglect in the park, and some dealers themselves would use drugs and behave accordingly.

The Görlitzer Park was formerly a walled railway, only the transformation to the park opened the wild terrain for all Berlin. Building a new fence with gates closed at night would be a sacrilege for many Kreuzbergers. Berlin is considered an open city committed to freedom.

Fences and gates are reminiscent of the wall, so they are difficult to find. Even Paris, which protects its parks more intensely than Berlin and is currently trying to enforce a ban on smoking, opens many inner-city parks in the summer for tourists and Parisians.

Fenced parks are only available in Berlin, where the enclosure was part of it right from the start. The Britzer Park was once a federal garden show and still costs entry today. It is the same with the Gardens of the World in Marzahn. The Tempelhof field was once an airport with a corresponding barrier fence. Because he was there, he was simply left standing – but the protests were limited.

In the early years of the park, the fence was still cut now and then, but that has subsided, says Green Berlin boss Christoph Schmidt. The fence and the nocturnal closure of the park entrances help against vandalism and nocturnal party events. Also, drug trafficking is not an issue in the largest park in Berlin. Schmidt does not want to comment on Görlitzer Park, for which he is not responsible.

Closures help against vandalism and party fun

Green is responsible but Berlin in Gleisdreieck Park, also a former railway system without a fence. A nightly closure would also help here against vandalism, party and littering, Schmidt is sure.

Without a fence, the "effort is greater". Drug dealers tried to do business in the park from Yorckstrasse. "If park guides observe that, they object to it, call the police, if there is no other way." Guides are also in the park at night.

For the past two years, park runners have been traveling in the Görlitzer Park, they should ensure order.Photo: Doris Spiekermann-Klaas

CDU parliamentary leader Burkard Dregger not only finds a night's sleep for the Görlitzer Park right, he also calls for the return to zero tolerance policy of former Interior Senator Frank Henkel (CDU).

But because it was then a cat-and-mouse game between dealers and the police, a mobile guard should be set up, so a permanent presence of the police in the park, preferably complemented by a reduction in the tolerated amount of marijuana for their own use and covert investigators to concretely transfer dealers.

Mobile guard? "A good idea"

The Berlin union of police finds the mobile guard "a good idea", otherwise GdP state chairman Norbert Cioma holds little of Dregger's proposals. Zero tolerance has only led to a displacement in the adjoining residential areas. There could then break out new turf wars. Cioma, on the other hand, wants a "uniform drug policy for the entire city".

In Görlitzer Park, one should rather act with social workers, offer the dealers concrete job prospects and a stay-perspective. About this announcement: Either jail and deportation or training and job.

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