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Since Saturday (4th) cops have declared a Gefahrengebiet, literally “danger zone” in four large parts of Hamburg (see map) and stepped up their level of control. The affected areas have been cordoned off with barbed wire and had checkpoints set up. This is a reprisal for the demonstration against the eviction of the squatted social centre Rote Flora (Red Flower) where 8,000 protesters clashed with police. According to cops they intervened after the demonstrators for started the demo “too early”. Hamburg police are of course well known for being obsessively punctual.
Some residents of Hamburg have been putting up signs warning that the “cops are out of control”. What a Gefahrengebiet declaration means in effect is that the police can stop and search anyone in black clothing (so widows watch out) or realistically anyone who pricks their interest and ban them from the zone. There is no time limit on how long the restrictions can last. Also anyone arrested on the original demo is forbidden from entering the zones.
Social media websites have aptly captured the sentiments of the local people:
— Spudnik (@IrishBerliner) January 4, 2014
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