Police impose martial laws as protest in Hamburg takes a violent turn
Jan 07, 2014 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Jan 07, 2014 12:00 am
After placing everybody in the area referred to as “danger zone”, Hamburg police imposed martial laws following the demonstration to protect the “Roten Flora” culture center from being evicted in Hamburg, Dec 21, 2013. Civilians and opposition parties reacted to the strict measures taken by Hamburg police.
The "Roten Flora" culture center, occupied by squatters for 25 years was sold by local authorities to developer Klausmartin Kretschmer. Approximately 10,000 protesters in Hamburg clashed with police on Dec 21, 2013 to protect the left-wing "Roten Flora" culture center from eviction. German police used water cannons and pepper gas to clear the streets during the clashes in front of the culture center. 100 policemen and scores of protesters were injured during the demonstration in front of the culture center.
After the Dec 21, 2013 demonstration, a huge area in Hamburg, including Altona, Sankt Pauli and Sternschanze were declared a "danger zone", giving police authority to conduct searches, intimidate and detain. Police carried out 400 identity and access checks in the "danger zone". After the strict measures, 90 people were banned from the "danger zone." According to the Spiegel, perpetrators of the explosive bomb attack in front of the police station in Cologne and the attack on a police officer in Solingen might also support Hamburg demonstrations. 45 people were taken into custody as 1 person was detained by German police during the protests.
Residents complained about the constant strict identity checks as left-wing opposition parties in Germany stated that the strict measures taken by police were against the legislation.