He warned an Oktoberfest host about a raid in his marquee, which now has further consequences for a high-ranking Munich police officer. Police President Thomas Hampel decided on Friday evening to initiate formal disciplinary proceedings against the man, said a police spokesman on Saturday. In addition, the man is to be transferred: “Another use of the officer outside of the Munich police headquarters” is planned, the spokesman said – and “until further notice”.
The Munich District Court had issued a penalty order against the official for violating official secrecy, which has been legally binding since August. In his role as head of the Wiesnwache, the man had warned the landlord of the “Winzerer Fähndl” on September 30, 2018, of a joint raid by customs, tax investigators and the police the following evening. Although it was known in the police headquarters that the officer, who at the time also headed the Sendling Police Department, was being criminally investigated, he was promoted to police director in April 2020 and has been working in the deployment department of the presidium since July.
At this point in time, there had been no formal disciplinary proceedings, the presidium’s press office explained on Saturday, and such proceedings had only been examined. But now Hampel, Munich’s police chief, has decided to initiate one. How long that will take is unclear, said a spokesman. Just like the question of when and where the man will be deployed in the future. That will show up in the next few days. The new function does not have to be a position within the police. The 50-year-old police director has not yet been released from duty.
The raid during the Oktoberfest in 2018 ultimately also led to the head of a cleaning company being convicted, among other things for evading taxes and social security contributions. The landlord was also investigated; a participation in the machinations could not be proven to him, however, the proceedings were discontinued. It is no longer possible to determine whether he may have made evidence disappear because the police officer had warned him about the raid. The officer received a penalty order. Extensive investigations had not revealed any indication that the police officer had received anything in return for his warning to the landlord, the public prosecutor said.
After the fatal accident with a wrong-way driver on a motorway near Munich, the causes are now being investigated. The investigators want to find out, among other things, why the 32-year-old and his passenger were traveling in the wrong direction on Autobahn 99. On Tuesday evening, near the Hohenbrunn exit, her car collided with an oncoming vehicle in which two people were sitting. All four men died, their bodies are now to be autopsied. Results can be expected by the end of the week, said a spokesman for the Upper Bavaria North Police Headquarters in Ingolstadt.
For years, attempts have been made to reduce the risk of driving the wrong way. According to information from the Bavarian Ministry of Transport, all junctions, motorway crosses and triangles on motorways and two-lane federal roads were checked. Where necessary, the signage and marking have been optimized. As a rule, drivers would then intuitively drive correctly. The signs and markings were constantly being checked, the ministry said.
Hopes were also placed in a pilot project in which yellow warning signs were set up on motorways near border crossings to Austria. However, due to the very low number of wrong-way drivers, an effect of the boards could not be scientifically proven. The project is currently not being expanded, but the signs are still there.
After the accident at Hohenbrunn, both vehicles were just wrecks. Any help came too late for the inmates. The wrong-way driver is a 32-year-old Romanian who, like his 50-year-old companion, was registered in Germany. At the wheel of the other car was a 34-year-old from the Gütersloh area, while his 43-year-old co-driver came from the Soest district.
Also on Tuesday evening, a drunken ghost driver caused an accident on the A 92 motorway in the Freising district. According to the police, she sat behind the wheel with 2.4 per mille. Nobody got hurt.
In 2018, the police took action against a cleaning company at the Oktoberfest with a large contingent. It is now known that the landlord whose marquee it was about was informed in advance – by the head of the police station at the Oktoberfest.
The day was drawing to a close, the band had stopped playing, stewards accompanied the last visitors outside. The cleaning crew got to work when a large contingent of police, customs and tax investigators arrived in front of the “Winzerer Fähndl” at the Oktoberfest on October 1st, 2018. The officers searched the marquee and ended up arresting the manager of a cleaning company.
Washing machines and other household appliances were destroyed on Monday morning in a fire in a truck trailer on the motorway near Brunnthal. According to initial estimates, the property damage amounts to around 100,000 euros, a police spokesman said on Monday.
According to the police, a 39-year-old truck driver from Kassel was driving on Autobahn 8 towards Salzburg at around 4.15 a.m. when a trailer tire burst. The team came to a stop at the Hofoldinger Forst service station. According to the officials, the tire had now caught fire.
The 39-year-old driver disconnected the trailer from the truck and tried to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher. But the trailer was on fire. Several fire departments moved to extinguish.
According to the police, washing machines and other household appliances were mostly on the trailer. The 39-year-old was uninjured. The rest area had to be completely closed for the extinguishing work.
As has only now become known, there was a racist attack on a 21-year-old student on Saturday three weeks ago at the Odeonsplatz underground station. On September 19, shortly before midnight, the young man was waiting on one of the seats on the platform for his subway when he was approached by two strangers. The men asked him to vacate his seat; one insulted the student from Tunisia as “fucking Arab” and pushed him away. The second hit him in the face with his fist. When the U 5 in the direction of Neuperlach Zentrum entered, the two perpetrators got on and drove away.
The student could only adequately describe one of the two attackers to the police; He is said to have been between 20 and 30 years old, had short, black hair that was shaved on the back and sides, and a three-day beard. He wore a baggy jacket with a zipper and a large, red and black check pattern, black jeans and beige sports shoes. The police are looking for witnesses. The commissioner responsible for politically motivated crimes took over the investigation some time later. As an explanation, the police said that the racist background was only recognized late.
Police officers use cocaine that was previously taken from dealers. Colleagues notice this and close both eyes. Officials report innocent citizens and even obtain a court sentence. In the scandal surrounding the drug problem at the Munich police headquarters, new details have become known since Wednesday. They don’t throw a good light on the law enforcement officers in the state capital.
From six in the morning on Wednesday, 19 public prosecutors, more than 70 investigators from the Bavarian State Criminal Police Office (LKA) and another 100 officers from the Munich Police Headquarters and the Augsburg Criminal Police Office searched 30 apartments and seven offices of their colleagues in Munich and the surrounding district. This was announced by the Munich I public prosecutor. There were also searches in Augsburg, Dachau, Wolfratshausen, Ebersberg and at the police college in Fürstenfeldbruck.
21 police officers and 17 other people are accused. They are accused of violating the Narcotics Act and the Antidoping Act. According to the public prosecutor’s office, individual police officers are also being investigated on suspicion of persecuting innocent people, breach of custody and obstruction of punishment. The “Internal Investigations” department at the LKA was entrusted with the case.
The matter came to light in February 2020 during a trial against an employee of a Munich noble discotheque. This should not only have supplied his party audience with drugs, but also police officers. Officials of the State Criminal Police Office took over the investigation against their colleagues from the Munich police headquarters. Since then, there have been multiple searches, toxicological reports, 20 cell phones seized and 1.6 million chat messages and more than a million pictures and video files that are currently being viewed.
In the meantime, the investigations are converging at a “Nightlife” investigation group set up in July 2020 in the LKA. The 21 accused work in nine different departments. Five officials among the nine new accused, who were now the focus of the investigation, were suspended from duty, the others were transferred to the office and other departments, according to the press office of the police headquarters.
The officials had only found out about the searches in the morning through the press release from the public prosecutor’s office. The action had been kept strictly secret until the end, apparently out of concern that colleagues might warn the accused. “The majority of the deployed officers only found out about the target and the objects concerned shortly before the start of the deployment,” said the public prosecutor. In addition, special task forces from Rhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Württemberg and Hesse supported the LKA in the search operation.
Munich’s police chief Hubertus Andrä expressed himself resolutely on Wednesday: “For me, the behavior of the police officers concerned is absolutely unacceptable and, if the allegations are really confirmed, must be punished with all legal severity,” it said in a statement that the press office of the police headquarters at noon spread. He trusts “in the independent and neutral investigative work of the Bavarian State Criminal Police Office, which, together with the Munich I public prosecutor’s office, will do everything in its power to clear up the facts in the most precise detail”.
The accusation of the persecution of innocent people is particularly serious, said the public prosecutor’s office, Senior Public Prosecutor Anne Leiding. In one case there were “indications that two people alleged acts of resistance against police officers that did not actually take place”. Investigations were initiated against the innocently persecuted, which were discontinued in September 2017 in return for monetary restrictions.
The parliamentary group leader of the Greens in the Bavarian state parliament, Katharina Schulze, demanded a “quick and extensive statement” from Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) in the interior committee of the state parliament after the allegations became known. “In addition to the unacceptable drug trade, the allegations of abuse of office by persecuting innocent people weigh heavily,” said Schulze on Wednesday.
The large number of initiated or involved police officers are also shocking. “A criminal group has evidently formed unnoticed and above all in an uncontrolled manner within the police and covered each other – that also raises questions about the authority’s leadership skills,” said Schulze. According to Herrmann, six officials were suspended from duty, and more could follow, he told the Bild newspaper.
The head of the German police union in Bavaria, Jürgen Köhnlein, worries about the reputation of the police. “That hurts us. Unfortunately, not a week goes by without negative headlines,” said Köhnlein of the dpa. There are drug investigations against police officers from time to time. “But what really hurts is the breach of security.” What is meant is the stealing of seized drugs. “What is guaranteed must also come to court.”
Instead of bottled beer, there was water from above on the weekend. In view of the constant rain, there was, for once, little urge among the people of Munich to gather at Gärtnerplatz, on the banks of the Isar or in the English Garden. The district administration department was not aware of any violations of the new general decree on Sunday, which prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.; After 11 p.m. no alcohol may be drunk in public places. The police also did not register any reports – neither for the sale nor for public consumption, as a spokesman said on Sunday.
The dispute over the restriction goes into the next round this Monday. The Bavarian Administrative Court, as the second and final instance, should then decide whether the measure is appropriate to reduce the number of new infections with the corona virus. On Friday evening, the Munich Administrative Court found a plaintiff right who had questioned the proportionality of the drinking ban; the sales ban was not objected to.
The court complained in clear terms: “The ban on alcohol consumption is unlawful and violates the applicant’s rights”. In particular, the validity of the regulation for the entire urban area is “not necessary and appropriate”. In order to prevent large gatherings of people at the well-known hotspots, it would have been sufficient to prohibit the consumption of beer, wine and schnapps in these squares, parks and streets. The fear that the celebrants might look for new places immediately is not enough. Should that happen, the city could still “react at short notice with an extension of the general decree in spatial terms”.
Dieter Reiter did not want to comment on this at the weekend. The mayor wanted to wait for the decision of the Bavarian Administrative Court first, said his spokeswoman. In a first reaction on Friday, Reiter announced that he would adhere to the ban for the time being and pointed out a similar case in Bamberg. Already at the beginning of June there was a ban on selling alcohol at night. A lawsuit against it was successful in the first instance, but the administrative court decided that the city was right. However, the example of Bamberg is not as favorable for riders as it may seem at first. There the restrictions only apply to five individually listed streets and squares – exactly as the Munich Administrative Court demanded in its decision on Friday for the state capital.
The subject is likely to stay on the agenda for a while. 54 new corona cases were registered in Munich on Saturday. According to the State Office for Health and Food Safety, the so-called seven-day incidence was 35.13. The mark of 35 newly reported cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days was crucial for the general injunction to take effect.
The operators and employees of the relevant replenishment stations in Munich, i.e. kiosks and petrol stations, were not at all happy at the weekend. The customers reacted annoyed, each had to explain the rule individually, complained a seller at the kiosk at the Münchner Freiheit. The Agip petrol station on Josephspitalstrasse was a quiet island on Saturday evening after 11 p.m., while loud music boomed from the bars and clubs around it and guests stood in front of the door with beer glasses in hand: the ban on sales does not apply to the catering trade as long as it is is drunk in place.
Technically, the Agip workforce was able to easily implement the rule by simply lowering the blind in front of the refrigerated shelf with the alcoholic beverages at 9 p.m., which helps save energy during closing times. Elsewhere, the gas stations worked with cling film and tape. But that was not enough, reported an employee at a gas station in the south of Munich. “The customers climbed over the barrier tapes and tore open the foils,” he reported Süddeutsche Zeitung. The employee does not want his name to be mentioned in the newspaper because he fears disadvantages.
It is like the introduction of the mask requirement, he says: Back then, customers quickly went “from 0 to 100”. A colleague was spat at and the change was thrown in the face of his boss. A tank customer threatened not to pay if he was only allowed to checkout with a mask. Some petrol stations have therefore posted security personnel at the entrance.
He doubts that the nocturnal sales ban on alcoholic beverages is suitable for reducing the number of infections with the coronavirus. The people on Gärtnerplatz and on the Isar would stock up on beer in good time anyway. He wants to make an exception for his regular customers in the future. “In an emergency I put a box in the trunk and everyone can get something out of it,” he says. These are people who have earned their after-work beer after the night shift: “Taxis, bus drivers and police officers”.
Yesterday was such a beautiful Saturday – a summer day in Munich. Unfortunately, your officials spoiled it for us. “The letter that Katrin Scholl wrote to Police President Hubertus Andrä on June 14 is calm, friendly, and yet bitterness can be heard about how her son and his three Friends were treated that day.
The four had played basketball in Maßmannpark. Around 7 p.m. they wanted to cool off in the Eisbach. Malik’s father comes from Egypt, he was born in Starnberg. Two of his friends also have a German passport, one is Spaniard. But everyone can see that they didn’t just have white ancestors. This summer evening there is a police car at the entrance to the English Garden. The officials wave the four young people with dark skin out of the stream of visitors. “Because of Corona,” says an official on the grounds, as Scholz describes it. Then the four have to stand in front of the team car, hands on the roof, legs apart. “Again and again we were asked whether we had something great with us or drugs,” recalls the 20-year-old computer science student. They ask why the others are not controlled, those with white skin who stroll past in large groups. At that time, even stricter contact restrictions applied. “We didn’t see them,” was the answer.
Katrin Scholz spends the evening calming her son. As a white woman, the police hadn’t even stopped her in Munich in 20 years. Why does it keep happening to her son, who has a darker skin tone. “Parents of white children do not have to have these conversations with their adolescent children. White young people do not have to stand in front of a police car and be searched for all passers-by,” she wrote in her letter to the police chief. What will the police do so that non-white people don’t grow up feeling wrong? Five weeks have passed since then, and Scholz has not received an answer.
While politicians and representatives of police unions argue about whether there is so-called racial profiling in Germany and whether a scientific study would make sense, more and more people who have experienced exactly that they are black or Arab-looking people report without reason while the emergency services don’t seem to pay attention to whites.
Leon Ohanwe only had a very similar experience on Wednesday. The Munich native was on the way to the English Garden with two friends around 4 p.m. At the entrance to Paradiesstrasse and Himmelreichstrasse they were stopped by police officers from hundreds. The officials asked for the ID cards, wrote down the names and ordered the three black men to be sent off. If they were found in the English Garden within 24 hours, they would be in a cell. “Then you can have fun there,” said an official. This was justified by the riots in Stuttgart and Frankfurt in the past weeks. The three turned back.
“Mei, I’m used to it,” says Ohanwe, who was born and grew up in Munich and is now studying nursing science. The conversation might have lasted a minute. A white passer-by spoke to her and then asked the police officers why the black teenagers were not allowed in the park, but he was. The answer was that he didn’t “fit into the clientele”. Since Ohanwe’s brother posted the incident on Twitter on Wednesday evening, the police have been trying to clarify it. The Presidium does not want to comment on the matter until all those involved have been heard.
How the Munich police dealt with people with a history of migration was only the subject of a discussion between representatives of Jewish and Muslim associations and the advice center for those affected by right-wing and group-related misanthropic violence and discrimination in Munich (Before) with the police chief Hubertus Andrä at the invitation of the city . “Hearing was a very important step after NSU, OEZ, Hanau and Halle,” said Nesrin Gül, the deputy chairwoman of the city’s migration advisory board. “People felt heard and felt that the issue was being taken seriously.” Gül also praises the contact with the Ministry of the Interior. It was a good sign that Joachim Herrmann attended the annual conferences of the umbrella organization of the Bavarian Migration Advisory Council (AGABY) and listened to the results and demands from their work. It is all the more regrettable that Herrmann has now also spoken out against an investigation of racist patterns by the police. “This is particularly wrong for the police officers,” she says. The lack of security aroused even more skepticism. A scientific basis would be the prerequisite for considering: “Which adjustment screws can we turn together?”
Instead of pillorizing police officers, their intercultural competence should be promoted even more. This included anti-discrimination training and anti-racism training, namely “for police officers with and without a migration background”. Racism and discrimination do not only exist among people without a migration background: “There are also Turkish people who are discriminatory against blacks. And there may be blacks who are anti-Semites.”
Gül believes there should be more encounters to reduce distrust. She remembers the policeman in uniform who came to her elementary school to teach traffic. “It has reduced my distance. Something like that is missing in adulthood. If you don’t have police officers in your circle of friends, we are and will remain only those who are checked more often. And that’s the only encounter.”
He always hears of cases in which people who are not white are picked out during checks, says Damian Groten from Before. “The control density is sometimes so high that a person is checked several times on his way through the city.” Errors and omissions in investigating the NSU murders and dealing with their victims have shown that there is a “violent blind spot” among the police, says Groten. So far, the police have not made public statements. After all, there are approaches to an exchange: Together with the Commissioner 105, which is responsible for prevention and victim protection, a brochure was drafted, which is available at all police stations and points out advice to victims of racial discrimination.
There is a racist tendency in every society, says Imam Benjamin Idriz, chairman of the Munich Forum for Islam. “Why should the police be an exception?” It is important that she tries. “The police should send a clear signal that everyone can count on their protection. And that they are sensitive to people with a migrant background. So that such an impression does not solidify.” After the recent attacks in Hanau and Halle, Idriz would like a permanent contact in the police headquarters. Andrä, in turn, complained that he had no permanent contact person among the 150,000 Muslims in Munich. “I offered myself, so far no one has contacted me,” says Idriz.
When asked by the SZ, the police headquarters said on Friday that Katrin Scholz’s letter from June was “currently still being processed”. You will receive an answer “promptly”. “We thoroughly investigate any complaints about racial profiling, as this would in no way be acceptable to the Bavarian police,” said police spokesman Werner Kraus.
Leon Ohanwe says: “I would just like to have an apology and an explanation that this was not correct.” It gives him hope that this Wednesday not everyone just went on but the witness spoke to the officials.
The superhero has problems with the pipe. Dressed entirely in blue, with the words “Saugman” on his chest, the young man stands at the Reichenbach Bridge on Friday afternoon and tries to suck up cigarette butts and bottle caps. The machine is blocked, but the picture is still correct. Hartmut Keitel from the association “Meine Isar” invited to a striking campaign. Saugman and two captains of cork clean the floor, their message: become a superhero, take your garbage with you. Keitel says: “If someone does it, the others do it too.” This applies to cleaning up as well as littering, in principle for everything that this city is experiencing in many places in the open air.
The Isar, the English Garden, the central squares. For some these are the few idyllic places to relax, for others the few remaining places for carefree exuberance. Some want nightlife, others want a night’s rest. And the needs have never clashed so much as after the lockdown. This has been going on for weeks. Police hundreds alongside party-hungry people. And at dawn a cleaning column sweeps through the city and turns the garbage-filled open-air club called Munich into a habitable city again.
But how long is this going to last? And where is this announced mayor when you really need him?
The force of the virus had initially stifled everything young people love. The desire to dance, parties, and even life in the crowd in general accumulated for weeks until the first small valve was opened and the pressure broke. Since then, tens of thousands of young people have flocked to the places where they can live every evening, as all clubs and many bars are still closed. Things get tight, especially on weekends. A new movement has formed on the Isar and in the Glockenbachviertel, a municipality within the municipality: Munich at night. And the rest puzzles: How are we going to deal with this this summer?
But it wasn’t just a longing for celebration that pent up. After weeks of exit restrictions, the images of crowds sparked outrage and fear among many. And the call for the police quickly becomes loud. Although it regularly advances to a level similar to risk games in the Bundesliga, it does so by other means: talking instead of repression is the formula. On a warm weekend, over 150 calls come in due to disturbances at 110. The police also send between 200 and 300 officers onto the street. And when talking no longer helps, there are also referrals and advertisements. In the English Garden and on the Isar there is also a rider relay. With mobile light poles, the police can illuminate selected locations and make them less comfortable. “Our concept consists of early and differentiated communication and an intensive dialogue with our target group,” said police vice president Norbert Radmacher. When things are less official, the Presidium also speaks more clearly. There is talk of a “gigantic personnel expenditure”. And the question is raised whether the police can do this in the long run if this continues all summer.
The police alone, that much is clear, will not be able to solve the problem. And it’s not new either. The city of Akim launched “All-Party Conflict Management” more than five years ago: women and men in red vests who mediate at the hotspots, especially in the summer nights, between residents and celebrants. The principle of Akim is that public space should be owned by everyone and shared fairly. Nobody should be driven out, but sleeping or cleanliness are also legitimate interests; the Akim people should help to solve this in dialogue.
In the past, the pressure on the streets eased when the city emptied during the summer holidays, says Eva Jüsten, the coordinator for Akim in the Office for Housing and Migration. Since many will not be traveling this year, Jüsten expects the pressure to remain high. This year, the city not only has to steer the need for partying, but also, at least in part, the vacationing needs of its residents. And Akim’s capacities are also limited; In addition to the leader and five conflict managers, around 20 honorary staff are currently on the job. Basically, they go where they are needed. But also pacify the banks of the Isar? This would clearly overload the concept, even if the increase in the positions agreed in the coalition agreement comes. The degree of escalation on the Isar is higher, says Jüsten. “It is dark and confusing and the area is huge. Communication on a small scale would not be possible there.”
Last year Akim developed a strategy concept together with the organizers and those affected and presented it to the city council. “Everything focuses on the city center,” summarizes Jüsten the problem. “We need more rooms, including rooms that are free of consumption”. It was up to the districts to decide which locations would be considered to relieve Gärtnerplatz and Müllerstraße in the Glockenbachviertel and Wedekindplatz in Schwabing, so Jüsten did not want to anticipate. In practice, it would be enough to make the places appealing in order to attract audiences: “Young people take the place appropriately if they find it cool.”
In recent years, the situation at Gärtnerplatz has rather relaxed, says Tobias Linz, who runs the Holy Home there. But now the place was unrecognizable. “New room, night gallery, Crowns Club, everyone closed. People are coming here now.” A completely different clientele, says Lintz. In the past people were harmless, now there are outliers. The roughly 20 women and men who travel for Akim have also noticed that the clientele has changed since the clubs closed. They didn’t just want to sit together and talk, says Jüsten. “They also want to listen to music and move around sometimes.” This is difficult to reconcile with a residential area. In a joint application, the Greens, SPD / Volt and Linke asked the city on Friday to “create decentralized opportunities as quickly as possible so that young people and young adults can meet and develop in a low-threshold, self-determined manner and in accordance with the pandemic-related hygiene regulations”.
In 2019, politicians had already decided to hire a night mayor, in the administrative German “specialist center for nighttime celebrations”. It was due to be advertised in March, but Corona also thwarted this plan. The night mayor should mediate between party people, bar and club operators and the people who usually want to sleep at night. But you also have to be so honest: one person alone probably wouldn’t have been able to fix it.
Role model Zurich
Munich and Zurich are pretty similar in summer. There is extensive bathing and partying in both cities. Dirt and noise are therefore also an issue in the city on the Limmat. And yet some things are different there. On the initiative of the police and the city, representatives of the club scene and local residents meet regularly. In 2015 the association “Nachtstadtrat” was founded, which represents the interests of the organizers. The concept is based on the idea of the night mayors, such as those found in Amsterdam or Paris. To be the contact person and to democratize the celebration is the idea behind it. To take away the illegal character of non-commercial, privately organized youth parties, you can register them with the City of Zurich. Participation in an information event and a preliminary meeting is a prerequisite. There are designated places for barbecue events with permanently installed fireplaces. This way less dirt is created by disposable grills. With the community centers, “GZ” for short, and their gardens, Zurich has 17 special meeting points. They are available to all residents. There is a lively range of courses that can often be taken spontaneously. And everyone can rent a GZ to celebrate. bub
The city politicians and the mayor come up with exactly two solutions: moderate and equalize. Nobody wants to ban anything. He is very concerned about the development, says Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD). “The renaturalized Isar is a unique recreation and nature reserve and it must remain so. That is why we try to get people interested in other places with campaigns such as” Summer in the City “or” Summer Streets “and to counteract the bundling at Isar or Gärtnerplatz “. But whether the classic Munich-at-night resident goes to the cultural stage in the Deutsches Theater?
This possible break between good intentions and actual interests must be considered beforehand, says Mayor Katrin Habenschaden (Greens). The offers should explicitly appeal to young people, be free of charge and, if possible, be free from consumption. The CSU also does not want to stall the Corona Party summer. He understands that the boys want to go out and celebrate, says parliamentary group leader Manuel Pretzl. If it gets too much, a remedy must be found by consensus. To do this, he would activate everything in urban employees that goes. In addition to Akim, for example, street workers or the municipal field service (KAD).
Open up new places, such as the Theresienwiese? “Difficult,” says Tobias Lintz from Holy Home. “It takes time to establish something new, and summer will soon be over. And there are also residents at Theresienwiese.” You can’t just shake such a ghetto out of your sleeve. What to do instead? “It would definitely help to allow the bars and pubs to open. Equalized.”
Dierk Beyer is on the board of the Association of Munich Cultural Organizers VdMK and operates the Neuraum Club and the Night Gallery. The clubs and the association would already develop concepts to coordinate them with the city, but for outdoor areas. Indoor does not work. “Obligatory masks and spacing contradict the club principle, people prefer to go out with a ghetto blaster.” One sees clearly what clubs normally do, says Beyer: “They provide protected spaces in which one can celebrate and nobody is disturbed.”