July 26, 2021

Berlin: Barricades are burning on Rigaer Straße, stones and firecrackers are flying

Panorama Before fire protection test

Burning barricades on Rigaer Strasse – injured police officers

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Burning barricades on Rigaer Strasse

What: REUTERS

There were disputes on site around a fire protection inspection in the occupied house on Rigaer Strasse in Berlin. Barricades were burning in the street, firecrackers and stones flew.

IIn the run-up to a fire protection test announced by owner representatives for Thursday in an occupied house at Rigaer Strasse 94 in Berlin, riots broke out on Wednesday morning.

At first two barricades burned, and firecrackers were thrown again and again. A Video by an editor of the “taz” also shows flying stones at police officers. 20 to 40 masked people were walking on the street and the roof of the house. According to WELT information, there are injured police officers.

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Also Tram tracks nearby were blocked with bulky waste. The police then advanced with a water cannon, which the put out burning barricades. A demonstration and parking ban in the streets of the house was imposed for Wednesday noon to Friday evening – but the protest came before it on Wednesday morning. At noon the situation calmed down again.

Radical left-wing residents of the occupied “Rigaer 94” have been announcing resistance to the fire protection test for a long time. They accuse the owner and the police of wanting to storm the house and destroy the furnishings in order to then declare it “uninhabitable” and have it evacuated. Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) had repeatedly emphasized that it was not about an eviction.

Occupied house on Rigaer Strasse

It’s about this house: “Rigaer 94”

Source: dpa / Christophe Gateau

The house is considered to be one of the last symbols of the left-wing extremist scene in Berlin. Violent criminals often withdraw into the building, even after attacks on police officers on the street. There are leases for most of the apartments. However, it is unclear who now lives there. The homeowner, the police and the relevant authorities have long been denied entry. The owner himself wants to remain anonymous for security reasons – he is represented by “Lafone Investments Limited”.

In the building complex, numerous deficiencies in fire protection were documented years ago, such as a lack of escape routes, wall openings, faulty electrical cables and barriers in stairwells.

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On Monday afternoon, masked people set fire to cars from a fire protection company. The police are currently investigating whether there is a specific connection to the “Rigaer 94”.

At the end of last week there was also vandalism and property damage in Berlin-Mitte due to another house project. After the announced eviction of the left-wing autonomous caravan project “Köpi 137” in Köpenicker Straße in Berlin-Mitte, windows of shops and banks were smashed in the vicinity on Friday evening, smeared with paint and sprayed with slogans.

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