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Left housing project: Supporters damage cars and buildings before the »Köpi« camp is cleared

2021-10-15T05:39:38.834Z

Before the planned evacuation of the left-wing autonomous car camp "Köpi" in Berlin-Mitte, cars and buildings were damaged. Several hundred people protested, and 2000 police officers were on duty.



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The "Köpi" wagon castle has been one of the symbolic projects of the left-wing radical scene in Berlin for many years

Photo: Jean MW / imago images / Future Image

With a deployment of up to 2000 police officers, the left-wing autonomous car camp "Köpi" in Berlin-Mitte is to be evacuated on Friday.

The residents on the site have announced resistance.

The police announced in the early morning that cars and buildings were damaged in the area on Friday night.

Several vehicles were set on fire.

According to the police, the situation was calm in the morning.

A few supporters of the »Köpi« had come to registered rallies at the area cordoned off by the police from 5:00 am.

According to the spokeswoman, 700 of the planned 2000 police officers come from other federal states or from the federal police.

The officers would not only be deployed on the premises, but also in other "significant locations", for example to protect party offices.

The car camp on a site on Köpenicker Strasse is considered to be one of the last symbolic projects of the left-wing scene in Berlin.

About 30 people live in construction trailers on the approximately 2,600 square meter property next to a house occupied in 1990 on the former strip of the wall.

The property owner successfully sued for eviction in June with reference to a building permit.

The Berlin Court of Justice rejected an urgent application by the residents to stop the foreclosure on Wednesday.

The police cordoned off the area around the project on Thursday.

Objects were thrown from the grounds of the car camp, said a police spokeswoman.

For their part, the residents had reinforced the fence around the site in the past few days.

One will not give up without a fight, it was said last week.

Development of the situation on site unclear

On Thursday evening, several hundred people demonstrated in Kreuzberg against the eviction.

According to police, one officer was slightly injured when someone in the crowd threw an object.

Garbage cans went up in flames.

How the situation will develop after the evacuation can hardly be predicted.

The resistance to the evacuation of the occupied house »Liebig 34« in Friedrichshain in October 2020 was much smaller than on similar occasions before.

During a fire protection test in the partially occupied house "Rigaer 94" in June, however, there was a violent attack on the police.

kim / dpa

Source: spiegel

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