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Friday 8, September

“Complete fencing off” – Görlitzer Park future hangs in the balance

Ahead of today’s ‘security summit’ on the future of Görlitzer Park, Berlin’s politicians are each touting different proposals.

‘Social solutions for social problems! Housing first instead of Police’ – reads a sign hung in Görlitzer Park. Photo: IMAGO / Emmanuele Contini

Friday 8, September

“Complete fencing off” – Görlitzer Park future hangs in the balance

Ahead of today’s ‘security summit’ on the future of Görli, Berlin’s politicians are each touting different proposals. On the more disciplinarian side of things there are plans to install fences and introduce closing hours, while others suggest that problems of crime and drug abuse should be tackled with social work and addiction counseling. And, as you might expect, these differences fall largely along party political lines.

On the most extreme end of things stand the CDU. Their plan is apparently to completely fence off the park and reduce the number of entrances from 17 to 6, all of which would be locked at night and monitored by CCTV. Drug dealers, they insist, should also be “deported as quickly as possible”.

The Greens, meanwhile, comment that “displacement is not a solution”. They advocate for addiction counseling, accommodation for drug addicts, and an expansion of homeless assistance.

The SPD remain somewhere between these two positions. They want more police in the park and are talking up the idea of a speedy deportation of convicted dealers, while also having a focus on reclaiming the public space by putting on more sports and cultural events in the park.