German police, protesters clash over refugee plans

About 500 people gather at Berlin’s Kattbusser Tor Square and march carrying a banner reading 'Racism kills.'

German police, protesters clash over refugee plans

World Bulletin / News Desk

German police clashed with protesters late on Tuesday after local government workers dismantled a controversial refugee encampment at Oranienplatz Square in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, a predominantly Turkish neighborhood.

About 500 people gathered at Berlin’s Kattbusser Tor Square to protest Germany’s refugee policy and the forced evacuation of tents in Oranienplatz, then marched to the Oranienplatz carrying a banner reading “Racism kills.”

Security forces and protestors clashed when police stopped the march.

Refugees, especially Asians and Africans, had been living at Oranienplatz Park for about 18 months to protest the country’s refugee policies. Their tents were dismantled after the local government in Berlin decided to evacuate the park and to house refugees temporarily in apartments. The local government in Berlin and refugees had been negotiating for months to end the protest in the park.

Refugees wishing to apply for asylum in Germany face many restrictions and long waiting lists. Many demand permanent residence status; others want simply to draw attention to their situation in the country.

Last Mod: 09 Nisan 2014, 13:33
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